Spring 2019 - CRIM 417 D100

Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Groups and Crime

Class Number: 8055

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5004, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



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


This course is designed to introduce students to the study of group and peer processes related to criminal behavior and criminal justice intervention. The course will provide a comprehensive understanding of criminological theory related to group behavior, the way in which groups can be defined and how different forms of groups facilitate criminal behavior. Topics will include mechanisms of peer influence, causality in the study of group behavior, measuring peer or group influence, sources of peer influence, an understanding of the role of peer networks and roles within peer networks, the role of peer networks in explaining other criminological phenomena (i.e., desistance), gender composition of peer networks, situating peer networks into context, street gangs, and interventions that integrates a focus on groups. Students will submit a research proposal to exhibit comprehensive knowledge of the issues covered throughout the course and to explore a novel area in the study of groups and crime.

OBJECTIVES: To learn about the role of groups in explaining criminal behavior and understand the theoretical mechanisms that underlie how deviant others facilitate crime.


  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Research Project Outline & Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Research Paper 30%
  • Research Presentation 15%



Jennifer L. Schulenberg. 2016. The Dynamics of Criminological Research. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.

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.  

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Registrar Notes:

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