Spring 2019 - CRIM 414 D100
Special Topics in Criminology (3)
Class Number: 7173
Delivery Method: In Person
A critical analysis of specific areas of criminology or criminal justice. The subjects covered will change from term to term depending on the specific interests of faculty, or students and current issues in criminology.
This course aims to provide students with knowledge of the small proportion of offenders responsible for the majority of all offences. Limitations concerning the extension of traditional criminological theories (e.g., differential association, social bond theory, strain theory) to explain chronic, serious, and violent offenders will be discussed. Developmental and life course theories will be introduced as paradigms that provide distinct frameworks for incorporating traditional theoretical perspectives. Risk factors associated with persistent offending and protective factors associated with desistance will be a major focus of this course, with specific attention given to psychopathy, its measurement, and methods of assessment. Public perceptions and media portrayals of sex offenders and homicide offenders will be juxtaposed with empirical research. Finally, the course will examine the development of policy and treatment methods that have been tailored to serious and violent young offenders.
- Seminar Attendance (participation and professionalism) 10%
- Annotated Bibliography 10%
- Tutorial Presentation 20%
- Term Paper 30%
- Final Exa, 30%
Readings as indicated on Canvas and available through Google Scholar or Research Gate (free for SFU Students).
Department Undergraduate Notes:
ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.
- N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
- ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax.
- A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N.
- E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
- The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
- Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution. Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.
SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS