Spring 2023 - CRIM 300W D100
Current Theories and Perspectives in Criminology (3)
Class Number: 1995
Delivery Method: In Person
A detailed examination of current theories and perspectives in criminology. The content of the course will change with developments in the area. Students can expect to study biological, psychological and sociological theories and perspectives, as well as those from other relevant disciplines and fields of inquiry (e.g. geography, political science and cultural studies). Students with credit for CRIM 300 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.
This writing intensive course provides a cumulative exploration and critical assessment of contemporary theory in Criminology. This also includes an examination of limitations and critique of each theory and perspective. Students can expect to explore current developments in theories and perspectives, such as control theory, life course theory and developmental perspectives, psychological and biological explanations, and critical criminological perspectives. Emphasis will also be on identifying the criminal justice/social policy implications inherent in a given criminological theory or perspective. The evaluative and writing skills necessary for comparing, critiquing and presenting theories will be covered. We will also explore integrationist efforts in criminological theorizing to increase our ability to examine variations in crime and offending. Written assignments will scaffold into a final written assignment.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Compare and critique current and emerging theories in criminology (i.e., control theory, psychological and biological explanations, environmental criminology, peace-making and critical criminology).
- Identify criminal justice and social policy implications of contemporary criminological theories and perspectives.
- Critically assess what makes theory effective and useful in explaining criminal behaviour at micro, meso and macro levels.
- Critically assess and synthesize theories from different disciplines and how they inform our understanding of, and responses to, criminological problems.
- Apply contemporary theories as explanations for problems of a criminal nature through an in-depth series of written assignments.
- Tutorials 20%
- Written Assignment: Part 1 20%
- Written Assignment: Part 2 20%
- Reflection 10%
- Final Written Assignment 30%
- Eisler, L., White, R., & Haines, F. (2023). Crime and Criminology: An Introduction to Theory, 4th Canadian Edition. Oxford University Press. (Available in print or as an e-book).
- Additional electronic readings will be assigned throughout the semester.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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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 Center 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.
- 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 (SWH 10156), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. 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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- 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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