Students arrive at a critical understanding of the core concepts, basic data sources, and
general research findings in the field of criminology, with particular attention to Canadian
developments. Topics include the role of media in shaping our understanding of crime, crime
measurement, patterns and trends in crime and victimization, criminological theories, how the
theories are related to public policies and the criminal justice system, and the important
role race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender play in the above.
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Assess the scope and contributions of criminology as an academic discipline that studies
crime and deviance and how to control and reduce them.
- Use criminological terminology and concepts appropriately.
- Evaluate methods of measuring crime and victimization; identify patterns and trends in
crime and victimization and how they vary based on race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic
status, age, etc.
- Summarize basic elements of theories to explain crime and deviance; and evaluate their
respective strengths and weaknesses and apply these theories.
- Identify the origins of and variables related to people’s differential levels of fear and
risk of crime, in particular race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, etc.
- Explain how and why certain behaviours come to be defined as deviant and criminal
behaviour, incl. the relevance of race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, etc.
- Critically assess contemporary crime control methods employed within society in general
and the criminal justice system in particular.
Part I: What We Think We Know About Crime & What the Data Show
- Crime, Law, & Criminology
- Fear & Risk & Measuring Crime & Victimization
- Violent Crime: Types & Extent
- Property Crime: Types & Extent
- ‘Public Order’ Crime & White Collar Crime: Types & Extent
Part II: Explaining Crime & Deviant Behaviour
- Non-Sociological Theories
- Classical Sociological Theories
- Recent & Contemporary Sociological Theories
Part III: Contemporary & Alternative Responses to Controlling Crime
- Contemporary Policies
- Alternative Policies
Part IV: Applying Explanations of Crime & Deviant Behaviour
- Crime & Social Exclusion
- White-Collar Crime
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- O’Grady, W. (2018). Crime in Canadian Context: Debates and Controversies. (4th
Edition) Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada.
Type: Textbook, ISBN:
Note: If you have any questions about course textbooks or other materials, please contact
Enrolment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000
(Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following table
illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: REACTion Paper
|Quiz 1: Violent Crime
|Quiz 2: Property Crime
|Assignment 2: Theory Research Paper
|Quiz 3: Crime and Social Exclusion
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information at the start of the course.