Spring 2023 - CRIM 318 D100
Special Topics in Criminology (3)
Class Number: 7489
Delivery Method: In Person
A critical analysis of specific areas of criminology or criminal justice. The subjects covered will change from term to term depending on the specific interests of faculty, or students and current issues in criminology.
What is ‘Wildlife Criminology’?
This course will introduce students to a topic within green critical criminology focused on wildlife crimes and harms. CRIM 318 will be international in scope focused on the Illicit Wildlife Trade in charismatic species (such as chimpanzees destined as pets) and wildlife parts (such as tusks, skins, and teeth collected as trophies) in multiple regions: North America, South/East Asia, and Eastern Africa. The course will address a range of different criminal justice perspectives and responses to international wildlife crime that intersect with conservation, trade, and cultural and traditional uses.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Critically assess international legal structures in wildlife crime
- Analyze the illicit wildlife trade in different geographic regions
- Understand the various perspectives involved in wildlife matters, such as the involvement of organized crime, the personhood debate, sustainability, human wildlife conflict, and Indigenous rights
- Build critical thinking, reflexive writing, and evaluation skills to assess a complex topic
- Critical analysis of weekly resources – short papers [3 total] 45%
- Participation in tutorial 10%
- Weekly Quizzes 15%
- Large case study debate 15%
- Final post-pre debate reflection – short paper 15%
Classes are not permitted to be recorded to protect confidentiality and privacy and promote open dialogue during our meetings. I will record mini lectures summarizing the weekly topic which will be posted to canvas after class with the lecture slides.
Students will not have to purchase a textbook for this course, all resources will be made available through SFU Library and posted to Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
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.
- 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 they will receive a grade of N.
- The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
- Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution. Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.
UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.
Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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