Summer 2019 - CRIM 302 J100

Critical Approaches to Crime and Deviance (3)

Class Number: 5267

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 1325, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 14, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    HCC 1600, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



Critique of traditional criminological theory and of the conventional approaches to the problems of crime and punishment. Critique of classical etiological criminology. Examination of the relationships between crime, class and power. The criminal as a scapegoat for the system. The stereotype of the criminal. Street crime vs. corporation and state crime. Criticism of treatment ideology and techniques. Comparison of conservative and radical criminal policy. The controversy about the possibility of a value-free social science and about the political commitment of the social scientist.


 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Identify key features of critical approaches to crime and deviance; (2) Understand how critical criminology differs from mainstream criminology; (3) Examine foundational perspectives in critical criminology; (4) Analyze and compare traditional and critical approaches to legislation, policy and intervention strategies in response to criminal and deviant behaviour; (5) Critically evaluate traditional criminological theories and conventional approaches to crime and punishment; and to stereotypes surrounding criminality and deviance; (6) Identify and critique the ways in which problems with the criminal justice system are individualized; (7) Identify and critically assess how power and class relations influence definitions of, and responses to, criminal and deviant behaviours (e.g., street vs corporate vs state crime); (8) discuss potential contribution of critical criminology in terms of explaining law and social control.


  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Book Review 25%
  • Presentation (Book Review) 10%
  • Participation 10%



1.       Ugwudike, P. (2015). An introduction to critical criminology. Policy Press.

2.       Online materials available through Canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning, (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. Ø  -Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the assignment drop box in front of the General Office of the School of Criminology (SWH 10125).  The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly.  No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security).  For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5.  The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly.  The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors).  The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
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-E-mail policy:  The School of Criminology discourages the use of e-mail as a substitute for office hour visits.  The School advises its instructional staff that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during their office hours.
-The University has formal policies regarding academic dishonesty and grade appeals.  Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy S 10.01, the Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, available on the University’s website.  Information about grade appeals may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology. UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.