Spring 2023 - CRIM 417 D900
Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
Class Number: 2009
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3130, Surrey
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 19, 2023
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SRYC 3130, Surrey
A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term.
Students will apply law enforcement technology and analysis techniques to crime issues and case studies ranging from homicide investigations, narcotics trafficking, and property offences. Classes are held in a major crime and forensic crime analysis computer lab equipped with leading edge tools typically reserved for law enforcement. Portions of the lab exercises involve analyzing actual police records management system (RMS) data from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and Homeland Security records. The course provides a basic analytic foundation for those students interested in pursuing a career in the law enforcement field, whether as an analyst or an intelligence officer, as well as law enforcement professionals interested in formalizing their forensic analysis training.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will develop an understanding of the intelligence analysis process and how to apply these skills and knowledge within the Canadian legal framework to discover crime patterns, identify potential suspects, distinguish the modus operandi amongst linked offences and develop an investigative action plan using a major case management model (MCM).
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Lab Exercises 25%
- Class Participation 10%
- Final Exam 35%
Given the technical nature of the lab exercises and applied learning, it is imperative that students are able to attend the scheduled seminar sessions.
1. Schwartz, Daniel et al. (2022). Crime & Intelligence Analysis in Canada: An Introduction. Toronto: Emond Publications. (Print ISBN: 9781772557909; eText ISBN: 9781772557947)
2. Prox, Ryan (2020). Practitioner’s Guide to Intelligence Analysis. (4th Edition). Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University BCcampus OpenEd. [Optional but recommended] SKU: CTB012-01.
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.
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- 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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