Spring 2024 - CRIM 812 G100

Criminal Networks (3)

Class Number: 4403

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.



Examines the social environment of offenders through a criminal network perspective. Emphasizes how analyzing delinquency through the lens of networks can make theoretical and empirical contributions to the field.


The course will examine the social environment of offenders through a criminal network perspective. The course will emphasize how analyzing delinquency through networks lenses can make theoretical and empirical contributions to the field, most notably to the more general peer influence and co-offending perspectives. The differences between the various forms of networks found in different offending contexts (e.g. drug trafficking, street gangs, terrorism, organized crime) will be discussed. Students will be introduced to social network analysis (SNA), and will be required to draw from SNA for their term paper.


  • Participation 15%
  • Short Papers/Assignments 25%
  • Term Paper 45%
  • Oral Presentation 15%



- Morselli, C. (2009). Inside Criminal Networks. New York: Springer. (download book for free through springer e-books database/Springerlink, access through SFU library website)

- Texts available on Canvas

- Required software: UCINET 32-bit version (take the free 90-day trial but wait to download on Jan 22, 2024) at Analytic Technologies - Download (google.com)

MAC Users: Its not easy but possible to make it work via a Windows emulator like Parallels


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