Spring 2019 - CRIM 416 D100

Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Sentencing:Theory,Law &Practice

Class Number: 7174

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 10218, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term.


A look at sentencing theory, the law applicable to sentencing, the practice of sentencing, and public perceptions of sentencing. The course will include an examination of the data on sentencing across Canada and critically review recent reforms of sentencing practice. The statutory and case law framework governing sentencing practices will be closely analyzed. However, a multidisciplinary approach will be taken, incorporating legal and social science perspectives.


  • Participation 15%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Courtroom Sentencing Observation 15%
  • Essay 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



1.      Andrew von Hirsch, Andrew Ashworth and Julian Roberts (eds.). Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy. (3rd ed.) Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, 2009.  

2.      Allan Manson, Patrick Healy, Gary Trotter, Julian Roberts and Dale Ives (eds.). Sentencing and Penal Policy in Canada: Cases, Materials and Commentary. (3rd ed.) Toronto: Emond Publishing, 2016.  

3.      Additional materials will be available on Canvas.

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.
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  • 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.
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Registrar Notes:

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