Introduction to Criminology
- The Concepts of Crime and Deviance
- The Sources of Data on Crime
- The Costs and Consequences of Crime
- Correlates of Crime
- Criminal Victimization
- The Victim/Offender Relationship
- Legal, Social and Clinical Responses to Crime
- Criminal Justice Policy
- Theory and Requirements for Effective Theory
- History and Evolution of Criminological Theory
- The Classical School
- The Positivist School
- Biological Theories
- Psychological Theories
- Sociological Theories
- Emerging Focus of Criminology
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lectures, audio visual aids, small group discussions, research projects and presentations.
Evaluation will be based on the course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. This course will include multiple methods of evaluation including at least one written component. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
Written Components(s): (e.g. Essay, Policy or Case Analysis, Annotated Bibliography)
Tests: Midterm/Final or Multiple Tests throughout the term (which will include written components such as short answers/definitions or short/long essays, critique, case analysis)
Individual or Group Presentation
Attendance & Participation Tasks
An example of an evaluation scheme would be:
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Explain the nature and content of criminology as a social science.
- Explain the history and evolution of criminological thought.
- Critically analyse the elements of the classical and modern theories of criminology.
- Explain the criminological foundations of contemporary criminal policy.
- Compare and contrast the various perspectives on crime.
- Critically evaluate the various sources of crime data.
- Discuss current issues and trends in criminology.
- Research and critically evaluate criminological texts, periodicals, and media sources.
- Research and critically defend positions related to controversial topics in the field of criminology.
- Link theory to current issues and policies in the criminological context.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples to choose from include:
O’Grady, William. (2011). Crime in Canadian Context – Debates and Controversies. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Sacco, Vincent F. (2011). The Criminal Event. An Introduction to Criminology in Canada. Scarborough: Nelson.
Schmalleger, Frank and Rebecca Volk. (2014). Canadian Criminology Today. Theories and Applications. Don Mills:
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for CRIM 1150|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO CRIM 166 (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU CRIM 101 (3)|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR CRIM 101 (3)|
|Coquitlam College (COQU)||COQU CRIM 108 (3)|
|Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)||JIBC LAWS 1203 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CRIM 1100 (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CRIM 1125 (3)|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC CRM 101 (3)|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC CRIM 111 (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CRIM 101 (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CRIM 1XXX (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GENS 1XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO ARTS 1st (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV ARTS 1st (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC SOSC 1XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CRIM 100 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC SOCI 1XX (1.5)|
|Vancouver Community College (VCC)||VCC CRIM 1150 (3)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU CRIM 101 (3)|
See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.