Fall 2021 - CRIM 241 OL01
Introduction to Corrections (3)
Class Number: 2304
Delivery Method: Remote
An examination of the organization, structure and operation of contemporary Canadian corrections. A consideration of the history and development of provincial and federal correctional systems. The role of sentencing in the correctional process and alternatives to confinement. Discussion of the social organization of correctional institutions, including the inmates, correctional officers, correctional treatment staff and administrators. Parole board decision making and the issues surrounding the re-entry of offenders into the community. Community-based corrections programs and outcomes.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Trace the historical origins of punishment and corrections in Canada; (2) Discuss the role of sentencing and the use of alternatives to confinement in Canada; (3) Outline the structure of contemporary Canadian corrections; (4) Articulate the consequences of imprisonment for offenders both while incarcerated and upon their re-entry into the community; (5) Articulate how colonialism contributes to Indigenous overrepresentation in Canadian correctional services and shapes the experiences Indigenous persons have in corrections; (6) Describe correctional programming activities and outcomes; (7) Differentiate the roles, experiences, and challenges experienced by correctional personnel working in both institutional and community settings; (8) Identify types of conditional release and describe issues with parole board decision-making; and, (9) Demonstrate their understanding of core concepts and trends in corrections by identifying strategies to improve existing policies and practices to address the current challenges prevalent in Canadian corrections.
Students are required to log-in to Canvas (canvas.sfu.ca) on the first day of the semester and continue to log-in every 2-3 days thereafter.
NOTE: This course can be counted towards the Certificate in Correctional Studies, as well as towards a Major or Minor or Extended Minor. You must declare a certificate as soon as possible, so please see an advisor.
- Weekly Comprehension Quizzes 20%
- Online Discussions (3 x 5% each) 15%
- Written Assignment #1 15%
- Written Assignment #2 25%
- Final Examination 25%
1. Griffiths, C. T. & Murdoch, D. J. (2018). Canadian Corrections (5th). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education Ltd.
2. Weekly written, audio, and audio-visual course materials are available online in Canvas.
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