Students engage in an in-depth examination of the processes involved in the social construction
of crime and deviance from the perspectives of structural conflict theory, symbolic
interactionism, and ethnomethodology. Students research the work and influences of citizens,
legislators, police, courts, welfare agencies, schools, and others in the creation of deviance
and deviants. Students use a distinctly interpretivist point of view in the course and examine
numerous examples of real-life situations. Students are encouraged to apply the conceptual and
theoretical materials to their own lives and work experiences.
- Discuss the relationship between theory and research.
- Discuss the contributions of sociological theories to our understanding of crime, deviance,
and justice: structural conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and ethnomethodology.
- Discuss the key differences among the three sociological theories and how these theories lead
us to focus on different aspects of the criminal justice system.
- Critique correctional criminology.
- Discuss the decision making of members of the criminal justice and social services
communities from a sociological viewpoint.
- Explain the importance of the organizational context in which crime and deviance are
- Explain how crime and deviance can be seen as social constructions.
- Unit 1: Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance
- Unit 2: Media and Crime — Youth and Justice
- Unit 3: Feminist and Postcolonial Approaches to Crime and Deviance
- Unit 4: The State and Social Control
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course:
- Ksenych, E. Exploring deviance in Canada: A Reader. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-19-543990-8
The following material will be available within the course:
- Course Readings from Kramar, K. (2011). Criminology: Critical Canadian perspectives.
Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.
Type: Custom Reprint. ISBN: 978-0-13-175529-1
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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: Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance
|Assignment 2: Media and Crime — Youth and Justice
|Assignment 3: Feminist and Postcolonial Approaches to Crime and Deviance
|Assignment 4: The State and Social Control
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.