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Advanced Theoretical Perspectives

Course Code: CRIM 3310
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course explores the diverse nature of theory within the field of crime and deviance by focusing on modern, post-modern and post-critical theories. The selected paradigms are studied with regard to their explanatory domain, role in examining social and criminological problems and research implications.

Course Content

  1. Introduction and Overview
    • Reviewing sociological paradigms and concepts
    • Human nature and human behaviour
    • Society and social order
    • The role of law, the definition of crime, and the image of the criminal
    • Social context and theories
    • Determining what is good theory
    • Theoretical diversity
  2. Theories and Perspectives
    • Phenomenology
    • Conflict theories of crime
    • Marxist theories of crime
    • Feminist theories of crime
    • Masculinist theories of crime
    • Left Realism
    • Modern Strain Theory
    • Modern Social Control Theory
    • Integrative theories
    • Peacemaking criminology
    • Post-modernist theories of crime
  3. Theoretical Issues
    • Criminal justice and public policy

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:

  • lectures
  • seminar presentations
  • audiovisual material including video
  • small group discussions
  • research projects
  • research papers
  • online assignments & discussion groups

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation may be based on some of the following:

  1. Examinations
  2. Oral presentations
  3. Research project/term project
  4. Class participation
  5. Journal assignment/weekly questions
  6. Book Reviews
  7. Participation in online discussion groups

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Midterm exams (2)  40%
Term paper  30%
Online discussion participation           10%
Final exam  20%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, the successful student will be able to: 

  1. Define and explain sociological paradigms and concepts.
  2. Describe the role of law, the definition of crime and the image of the criminal.
  3. Assess and evaluate research articles critically.
  4. Apply advanced theoretical concepts to crime, the Canadian criminal justice system and real-world events.
  5. Describe and assess what constitutes good criminological theory.
  6. Describe and critically assess advanced theories of deviance, crime and social control.
  7. Apply specific theoretical perspectives in order to explain how deviance and crime are created and      maintained. 
  8. Identify and assess  the links between the ideas of justice, deviance, law and punishment.
  9. Identify and situate theories of deviance and crime into larger theoretical paradigms within the social      sciences.

course prerequisites

(CRIM 1150 or CRIM 2251) AND (CRIM 2252 or SOCI 1125)

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.