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Special Topics in Legal Studies

Course Code: CRIM 4530
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines a specific topic or emerging issue in the field of Criminology as it relates to Legal Studies. Content may include theory, legislation and policy, procedures and practical application, and critical debate relevant to the specific topic.

Course Content

The general framework of a special topics course in Criminology will be:

1) Historical Context

2) Theories

3) Legislation / Policy

4) Procedure / Practical Applications

5) Critiques / Debates

Methods of Instruction

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




Group and Panel Discussions

Class Projects and Conferences

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Criminology/Legal Studies Department policies. Evaluations will be  based on course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Term paper 25%

Midterm 25%

Class Project 25%

Final Exam 25%

Learning Outcomes

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

1) Identify and describe legal and theoretical perspectives relevant to the specific topic of the course.

2) Define key terms and concepts relevant to the specific topic of the course.

3) Apply relevant legislation and/or policy to the specific topic of the course.

4) Examine relevant procedures and/or practices related to the specific topic of the course.

5) Address current questions and debates regarding the specific topic of the course. 

course prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

Minimum of 45 credits including LGST 1110 and LGST 1120


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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.