SOCI 2753 N1

Principles of Criminology

An introduction to some of the basic concepts of criminology and the sociology of law. Topics may include explanations of criminality, crime patterns and statistics, victimization, the role of the media, corporate and organized crime, and minority groups and crime.

Instructor: Chris McCormick
Prerequisites:
  6h at the 1000 level of Sociology courses.
Course Type: Online; Continuous-intake. Register anytime and learn at your own pace


This course involves the examination of crime in Canada using techniques and theories developed in the discipline of criminology. The course will include a discussion of the fundamental characteristics of crime, the major theories explaining why crime occurs, and how to interpret sources of information on crime.

Topics include:

  • Types of crime: property and violent crime; domestics and international crime; and interpersonal versus government and corporate crime
  • The extent of crime in Canadian society: whether crime is currently increasing; historical patterns of crime; and the personal risk of crime in modern society
  • How crime is measured: official statistics derived from the Uniform Crime Reports; victimization surveys and the General Social Survey; and the media
  • Theories of crime developed in criminology: encompassing traditional pathological approaches; structural functionalism; conflict approaches, including the new criminology and realist criminology; and, feminist perspectives
  • Current crime issues, such as changes to the legislation regarding young offenders, and dangerous offenders; and, changes in policing strategies