2010-2011 Calendar | Legal Studies |

Legal Studies Minor Program

School of Criminology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Simon Fraser University Calendar 2010-2011

Continuation in Minor

To continue in the minor program, students must maintain a 2.25 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses including those offered through distance education. When it is restored to 2.25, students will be readmitted after review and approval of the director of undergraduate program.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of nine lower division units including both

  • CRIM 135-3 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
  • POL 151-3 The Administration of Justice

and at least one of

  • CRIM 210-3 Law, Youth and Young Offenders
  • CRIM 230-3 Criminal Law
  • CRIM 231-3 Introduction to the Judicial Process

PHIL 120 is strongly recommended.

Upper Division Admission

The school limits upper division admission to its minor program. Students are eligible to apply for entry to the minor program after successful completion of 60 units including CRIM 101, 131 and 135. Students should make application to the school immediately after they have completed the above requirements.

Appeal Procedure

Applicants denied admission to a criminology minor program may appeal in writing to the school’s director. If that appeal results in a negative decision, a written appeal to the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may be submitted. Appeals will be granted only in very exceptional circumstances.

Enrolment Priority

Enrolment priority for limited enrolment upper division seminar courses in the school will be established on the basis of cumulative GPA.

Transfer Students

Students transferring to Simon Fraser University from a two-year college that has articulated the first 60 units of study in criminology with the School of Criminology will be considered on the basis of their college cumulative GPA (recalculated on the basis of grades received in courses transferable to the University), as well as other relevant materials.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete one of

  • CRIM 332-3 Sociology of Law
  • CRIM 338-3 Philosophy of Law

Students must select additional courses totalling at least 15 units from the upper division courses listed from those listed below. Students must be careful to ensure they have necessary lower division prerequisites.

Note: Students who have completed both CRIM 332 and 338 need only complete 12 units from the list below. Criminology majors who wish to complete this minor must complete six of the upper division units in a discipline outside of their major.

  • BUEC 391-3 Law in the Economic Society
  • BUEC 427-3 Industrial Organization: Law and Economics
  • BUS 393-3 Commercial Law
  • CRIM 310-3 Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics
  • CRIM 314-3 Mental Disorder, Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • CRIM 317-3 Prostitution in Canada
  • CRIM 331-3 Advanced Criminal Law
  • CRIM 333-3 Gender, Law and the State
  • CRIM 335-3 Human Rights and Civil Liberties
  • CRIM 336-3 Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation
  • CRIM 416-3 Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice*
  • CRM 417-3 Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice*
  • CRIM 418-3 Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice*
  • CRIM 430-3 Judicial Administration and Planning
  • CRIM 432-3 Gender in the Courts and the Legal Profession
  • CRIM 435-3 Adult Guardianship Law (or GERO 435)
  • CRIM 436-3 Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation: Advanced Topics
  • CRIM 437-3 Crime and Misconduct in the Professions
  • ECON 388-3 Introduction to Law and Economics
  • EDUC 445-4 Legal Context of Teaching
  • EDUC 446-4 Law for the Classroom Teacher
  • EDUC 448-4 Teaching about Justice, Law and Citizenship
  • HIST/FNST 443-3 Aboriginal Law and History
  • PHIL 320-3 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 321-3 Topics in Moral Philosophy
  • POL 324-4 The Canadian Constitution
  • POL 344-4 Public International Law
  • POL 346-4 International Organizations
  • POL 351-4 The Public Policy Process
  • POL 417-4 Human Rights Theories
  • POL 459-4 Selected Topics in Governance*
  • PSYC 376-3 Experimental Psychology and the Law
  • PSYC 379-3 Clinical Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 476-4 Selected Topics in Psycholegal Psychology I
  • PSYC 477-4 Selected Topics in Psycholegal Psychology II
  • PSYC 479-4 Selected Topics in Psycholegal Psychology III
  • WS 303-4 Special Topics in Women’s Studies**

*when offered as a legal topic

**when offered as the topic Women and the Law

Check with the school for additional relevant courses.

Police Studies Concentration

This concentration is offered to those completing a major, honours, minor or post baccalaureate diploma in criminology. While the concentration is offered primarily at the Simon Fraser University Surrey campus, many will be taught at the main Burnaby campus, and through the Centre for On-Line and Distance Education. The concentration is aimed at students who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on policing-related courses, and they are advised to complete the following.

  • CRIM 251-3 Introduction to Policing
  • CRIM 455-3 Advanced Issues in Policing

In addition, students are advised to complete a minimum of 18 upper division units (additional to CRIM 455), as well as any lower division prerequisites. Policing courses are divided into the following areas of specialty.

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

  • CRIM 311-3 Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
  • CRIM 419-3 Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice
  • CRIM 429-3 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

Forensic Studies

  • CRIM 315-3 Restorative Justice
  • CRIM 355-3 The Forensic Sciences
  • CRIM 356-3 The Forensic Sciences II
  • CRIM 357-3 Forensic Anatomy
  • CRIM 451-3 Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science
  • CRIM 452-3 Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics
  • CRIM 442-3 Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics

Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

  • CRIM 350-3 Techniques of Crime Prevention I
  • CRIM 352-3 Environmental Criminology: Theory and Practice
  • CRIM 433-3 Communities and Crime
  • CRIM 450-5 Techniques of Crime Prevention II

Special Types of Offenders or Crimes

  • CRIM 316-3 Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences
  • CRIM 317-3 Prostitution in Canada
  • CRIM 454-3 Criminal Profiling

Key Issues in Policing

  • CRIM 310-3 Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics
  • CRIM 314-3 Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law
  • CRIM 410-3 Decision-making in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 413-3 Terrorism
  • CRIM 453-3 Policing Illegal Drug Markets

and any other 300 or 400 division course that is designated as a police studies course (see the advisor for further information).

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, students must also satisfy Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences requirements.

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