Current Graduate Courses

Required courses

  • CRI 2010H - Methodological Issues in Criminology
  • CRI 1020H - Law and State Power: Theoretical Perspectives (required for PhD students only; open to both MA and PhD students)

Other courses

  • CRI 1020H - Law and State Power: Theoretical Perspectives
  • CRI 1030H - Introduction to Science & Technology Studies: Sociolegal Approaches
  • CRI 2050H - Preventing Wrongful Convictions
  • CRI 3110H - Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRI 3130H - Policing
  • CRI 3220H - Organized Crime and Corruption
  • CRI 3240H - Penology
  • CRI 3310H - Indigenous people, law and Gladue
  • CRI 3340H - Special Topics: The Legal Profession
  • CRI 3350H - Directed Reading in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
  • CRI 3351H - Directed Reading in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
  • CRI 3355H - Sentencing (limited enrollment – enrolment based on lottery)
  • CRI 3356H - Youth Crime and Youth Justice
  • CRI 3360Y - MA Research Paper

With the exception of the Research Paper for MA students, all courses are half courses.

Due to space limitations, Criminology graduate students will be given priority in graduate course enrolment; students in other programs must receive written permission from the instructor before enrolling in any of the Centre's graduate courses.

2021-2022 Timetable

Course Delivery

Most graduate classes are scheduled as in-person but will begin online for at least the first two weeks. See fall course outlines for details; Zoom links will be provided. 
Note: graduate courses could return to the online format if the pandemic worsens. The University will follow public health advice.

Graduate courses at CrimSL will begin the week of September 13th in the fall session and on January 3rd in the winter session.

Students outside CrimSL

If you are external to the unit and wish to enroll in a Criminology graduate course, please email the instructor for permission to enroll in the course and complete a course add form (School of Graduate Studies Add/Drop Form - PDF) . The form must be signed by the instructor and submitted to Jessica Chlebowski at crim.grad@utoronto.ca

Schedule

Fall 2021

Course Code Course Title Instructor Session Day Time Location
CRI3140H Special Topics: Disability & Law D. Pettinicchio Fall 2021 Monday 2–4pm Online only
CRI1030H Introduction to Science & Technology Studies: Sociolegal Approaches M. Mitchell Fall 2021 Tuesday 10am–12pm CG265 (Online only for weeks 1–4)
CRI2010H Methodological Issues in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies A. Laniyonu Fall 2021 Tuesday 2–4pm CG265 (online only for weeks 1 & 2)
CRI1020H Law and state power: theoretical perspectives K. Clarke Fall 2021 Wednesday 10am–12pm Online only
CRI2050H Preventing Wrongful Convictions M. Comiskey Fall 2021 Wednesday 6–8pm Online only
CRI3110H Qualitative Research Methods B. Jauregui Fall 2021 Thursday 10am–12pm Online only
Other Criminology Courses

CRI3350H F “Directed Reading”
See Graduate Administrator for details.

CRI3360Y “Research Paper”
See Graduate Administrator for details.

 

Winter 2022 

Course Code Course Title Instructor Session Day Time Location
CRI3310H Indigenous Peoples, Law and Gladue P. Holmes Skinner  Winter 2022 Monday 10am–12pm CG160
CRI3130H Policing L. Kosals Winter 2022 Monday 2–4pm CG160
CRI3356H Youth Crime and Youth Justice S. Wortley  Winter 2022 Tuesday 10am–12 pm CG265
CRI3355H Sentencing (limited enrollment – enrollment based on lottery) K. Crosbie & F. Mirza Winter 2022 Tuesday 6–8pm Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park Crescent, room J125 on the lower level
CRI3340H Special Topics: The Legal Profession S. Liu Winter 2022 Wednesday 10am–12pm CG265
CRI3240H Penology Z. Levinsky  Winter 2022 Thursday 10–12am CG265
CRI3220H Organized Crime and Corruption M. Light Winter 2022 Thursday 4–6pm CG265
Other Criminology Courses

CRI3351H S “Directed Reading” See Graduate Administrator for details.

CRI3360Y “Research Paper” See Graduate Administrator for details.

 

Course Descriptions

Law and State Power: Theoretical Perspectives - CRI 1020H

  • Professor K. Clarke
  • This seminar surveys core readings in sociolegal studies, including classical sociological approaches to law and legal institutions, as well as more contemporary approaches to studying the relationship between law and society. A central focus of this research is the divide between the “law on the books” and the “law in action,” but rather than focusing on specific empirical effects, much of this seminar will focus on specific empirical effects, much of this seminar will focus on the production of law, the ubiquitous place of law and its relationship to other social institutions, and the often competing processes through which law comes to “know.” Readings tentatively include the production and evolution of law, legal decision-making, the constitutive ways in which law shapes everyday life, law and globalization, law as a professional project, and legal knowledge as the product of (often competing) claims to authority and expertise.

Introduction to Science & Technology Studies: Sociolegal Approaches - CRI 1030H

  • Professor M. Mitchell
  • This course will introduce graduate students to the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies, providing them with a broad foundation in this diverse field.  The proseminar will develop students’ understandings of the shape of the field of STS as a whole, with the intent of grounding and informing their programs of research. The course will cover classic readings and offer students a sample of questions, topics, and debates within STS with which their research interests in criminology and sociolegal  studies intersect.

Methodological Issues in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies - CRI 2010H

  • Professor A. Laniyonu
  • This course provides an overview of various methods used in criminological and social-legal research, such as interviews, focus groups, surveys, and linear regression. The course does not assume that students have a strong background in either statistics or research methods. By the end of the course students should feel comfortable reading the methodology section of research published in the field, should understand the strengths and weaknesses of commonly employed methodologies, and should be able to identify methodological limitations in published work. For students who intend to carry out their own research using conventional social science methods, this course will introduce you to some of the basic issues, concepts, principles, and procedures important for thinking about how to go about your research. This course, however, will not teach you how to analyze data. For those interested in the analysis of quantitative or qualitative data, you should take the Centre’s or another department’s data analysis course(s).

Preventing Wrongful Convictions - CRI 2050H

  • M. Comiskey
  • In this seminar we will explore how miscarriages of justice occur and what steps can be taken to prevent wrongful convictions. While the primary focus will be on Canada, the seminar will also sometimes canvass cases and issues that have arisen in several other jurisdictions including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Each week will be dedicated to a discrete topic.

Qualitative Research Methods - CRI 3110H

  • Professor B. Jauregui
  • Qualitative methods for social science research entail systematic collection and analysis of data found in observations, interactions, and texts. Qualitative research methods generally are inductive, interpretive and labor intensive, and involve small samples and populations situated in a specific context. They also tend to require deeper and longer-term engagement with participants than most studies using quantitative methods. Qualitative research may allow understanding and explanation of some complexities of human practice, thought, and experience that elude enumeration or statistical analysis; it also may help discover new problems or provide scientific insights that work beyond the prediction of particular outcomes. In this course, we will examine and practice using various qualitative methods to consider how different approaches may be applied to answer specific questions, and to better understand and appreciate their potential contributions to building social theory and empirical knowledge.

Policing - CRI 3130H

  • L. Kosals
  • Police will be examined as one of the state institutions providing normative regulation and social order in connection with other institutions like politics, economy, and culture. The course will include three main parts: i) Police: origin, structure and functioning, ii) Police in changing social environment and iii) Police: continuous change and innovation. Students will receive knowledge on the origin and short history of the police, its structure and operation as well as about major challenges, organized crime, and terrorism. Last developments such as community, private and problem-oriented policing, a problem of reforming also will be examining. Additionally to Canadian police during this course police of some other well-established, developing and transition countries will be studied with the focus on comparative policing.

Organized Crime and Corruption - CRI 3220H

  • M. Light
  • The course will examine selected topics in organized crime (OC) and corruption, including the definition of OC and corruption; criminal structures within OC, related phenomena, including terrorism, white collar crime, gendered organized crime, mutual legal assistance to target transnational organized crime; money laundering, the prosecution of organized crime, and countermeasures and policies to combat corruption and OC.

Penology - CRI 3240H

  • Z. Levinsky  
  • This course is designed to give students an overview of the sociology of punishment. It will provide students with a theoretical foundation in the sociology of punishment/penology and explore contemporary innovations and developments since the golden age of prison sociology. This course moves beyond a strict analysis of imprisonment to explore the broader meaning and role of punishment in modern society. In this vein, we will explore the empirical realities of the nature of punishment (e.g., sites, targets) and the experience of punishment (including how it is gendered and racialized). In moving beyond conviction and sentenced imprisonment, students will have a greater capacity to engage with the realities and contradictions in punishment. We will treat the seminar room as a “learning community” – so sharing thoughts, points of disagreement, and engaging in discussion (also with me!) is crucial for learning. Being in graduate school, you are expected to come to class prepared and ready to share your critical thoughts on the assigned readings.

Indigenous people, law and Gladue - CRI 3310H

  • P. Holmes Skinner 
  • This course examines the relationship between Indigenous people and the Canadian Justice system, with emphasis on Gladue principles as a framework for inquiry. It is well known that Indigenous people are disproportionately represented in jails across Canada, a situation that the Supreme Court in 1999 thought could fairly be termed a crisis, and a situation that persists today.
    The first half of this course will provide a foundation for understanding the legacies of earlier institutional structures and colonial policies and their impacts on Indigenous society. Students will be provided with a historical overview to better understand the social, political and economic factors that have shaped the relationship between Indigenous people and Canadian society. This will provide context on the background and systemic factors that may bring an Indigenous person into contact with the criminal justice system. The second half of the course will look at the purpose and application of Gladue principles at sentencing. Students will develop an understanding of the Gladue principles and critically examine their role as a restorative justice practice, the constraints and barriers to their application and the potential and limits the principles have in affecting change. Students will observe and critically analyze these principles in practice in Gladue Court at the start of the course and reflect upon those observations again at the end of the course.

Special Topics: The Legal Profession - CRI 3340H

  • S. Liu
  • This course introduces the legal profession not from the perspective of law practitioners, but from the social science studies on various aspects of this profession in North America and other social contexts. It does not teach students how to think like a lawyer, but it provides social science perspectives for understanding how the legal profession is organized, differentiated, and transformed over time. It also examines the relationship between lawyers and other social entities and processes, such as their clients, market competitors, state regulators, and the processes of globalization and political change.

Directed Reading in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies - CRI 3350H

  • Faculty
  • Under the direction and supervision of one or more members of the Graduate Faculty, a course of specially directed readings and research in an area of criminology that is not adequately covered by other graduate courses available within the University, can be undertaken. This course will not be available to any student for credit without the approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Before such approval will be granted, a program of study, together with an indication of the written assignments, which students will be required to complete, and the criteria for evaluation of students, must be submitted for approval. Students may take up to two Directed Reading Research courses taught by different faculty members.

Directed Reading in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies - CRI 3351H

  • Faculty
  • Under the direction and supervision of one or more members of the Graduate Faculty, a course of specially directed readings and research in an area of criminology that is not adequately covered by other graduate courses available within the University, can be undertaken. This course will not be available to any student for credit without the approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Before such approval will be granted, a program of study, together with an indication of the written assignments, which students will be required to complete, and the criteria for evaluation of students, must be submitted for approval. Students may take up to two Directed Reading Research courses taught by different faculty members.

Sentencing - CRI 3355H

  • K. Crosbie & F. Mirza
  • (limited enrollment – only open to CrimSL graduate students)
  • This course examines various aspects of the Canadian sentencing system. While this course is primarily legal in its orientation, the aim is to augment the discussion of sentencing issues with philosophical and criminological literature.
    The course commences with a consideration of the philosophical dimensions of sentencing and an examination of certain empirical issues, such as problems in assessing the efficacy of deterrence theory. During the course, considerable emphasis is placed on legislative and judicial approaches to the sentencing function and the procedural aspects of the Canadian sentencing system. Other topics for consideration include: the role of the victim, social context, sentencing Indigenous offenders, anti-Black racism, mandatory minimum sentences, and plea arrangements. The course also offers the opportunity to attend a busy plea court and a discussion a provincial court judge.

Youth Crime and Youth Justice - CRI 3356H

  • Professor S. Wortley
  • This course examines contemporary issues in youth culture, youth crime and youth justice. The course will begin by discussing the definition of “youth” and how this concept has changed through time.  The course will then address a number of contemporary youth-related topics including: 1) Trends in youth crime and reporting to the police; 2) The impact of television, movies and video games on youth behaviour; 3) The relationship between Hip Hop music, youth resistance and youth violence; 3) The causes and consequences of street gangs; 4) Race, policing and criminal justice; 5) Perceptions of social injustice, youth radicalization and crime; 6) Cyberbulling; 7) Sexting and Youth Gender Relations; 8) Recent developments in youth justice; and 9) The implementation of evidence-based youth punishment and crime prevention policies.

MA Research Paper - CRI 3360Y

  • Faculty
  • The Research Paper option for MA students is the equivalent to two half courses. It is not a thesis but it does involve original research and/or analysis. Students pursuing this option must find a suitable supervisor by October, submit a formal paper proposal in December, and submit a final paper of 8,000 to 12,000 words by the end of August in order to meet the 12-month deadline. Research papers are evaluated by the supervisor and one other faculty member. Students pursuing a part-time degree must submit a proposal by the beginning of their second year in September.

 

Timetable