Current Graduate Courses

Required course

  • 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 2140H - Guilt, Responsibility and Forensics
  • CRI 3110H - Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRI 3130H - Policing
  • CRI 3140H - Special Topics: Policing racialization and urban unrest: From ‘race riots’ to Black Lives Matter (limited enrollment – only open to CrimSL graduate students)
  • CRI 3146H - Inequality and Criminal Justice
  • CRI 3220H - Organized Crime and Corruption
  • CRI 3240H - Penology
  • CRI 3310H - Special Topics in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies: 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 – only open to CrimSL graduate students)
  • 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.

2020-2021 Timetable

Course Delivery

The fall 2020 and winter 2021 courses will be offered online – synchronous.

Note: Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the delivery of classes can change from in-person to online-synchronous.    

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

Note: Students external to the unit should email the instructor the week of August 31st  to gain access to the first class  (fall 2020 session courses only).

Schedule

Course Code Course Title Instructor Session Day Time Course Delivery
CRI1020H Law and state power: theoretical perspectives K. Clarke Fall 2020 Monday 2–4pm Online-synchronous
CRI3220H Organized Crime and Corruption M. Comiskey Fall 2020 Monday 6–8pm Online-synchronous
CRI3356H Youth Crime & Youth Justice S. Wortley Fall 2020 Tuesday 11am–1pm Online-synchronous
CRI3140H Special Topics: Policing racialization and urban unrest: From ‘race riots’ to Black Lives Matter (limited enrollment – only open to CrimSL graduate students) P.Saberi  Fall 2020 Tuesday 2–4pm Online-synchronous
CRI2010H Methodological Issues in Criminology A. Laniyonu Fall 2020 Thursday 10am–12pm Online-synchronous
CRI3310H Special Topics: Indigenous people, law and Gladue P. Holmes Skinner  Fall 2020 Wednesday 6–8pm Online-synchronous
CRI3130H Policing L. Kosals Winter 2021 Monday 2–4pm Online-synchronous
CRI3240H Penology H. Pelvin  Winter 2021 Tuesday 10am–12 pm Online-synchronous
CRI3340H Special Topics: The Legal Profession S. Liu Winter 2021 Tuesday 3–5pm Online-synchronous
CRIXXXXH TBD M. Mitchell Winter 2021 Wednesday 10–12am Online-synchronous
CRI2140H Guilt, Responsibility and Forensics C. Evans Winter 2021 Wednesday 2–4pm Online-synchronous
CRI3110H Qualitative Research Methods  B. Jaregui Winter 2021 Thursday 10am–12pm Online-synchronous
CRI3355H Sentencing (limited enrollment – only open to CrimSL graduate students) K. Crosbie & F. Mirza Winter 2021 Tuesday 6:30–8:30pm In person
CRI3146H Inequality and Criminal Justice A. Owusu- Bempah Summer 2021 TBD TBD Online-synchronous

 

Course Descriptions (2020-2021)

Law and State Power: Theoretical Perspectives - CRI 1020H

  • 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.

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).

Guilt, Responsibility and Forensics - CRI 2140H

  • Professor Catherine Evans
  • This course considers the barriers to establishing a defendant’s guilt in common law jurisprudence. It is particularly concerned with questions of criminal responsibility and forensics, and with the interaction of medical, social scientific and legal expertise in criminal contexts. The focus throughout is on the mind: How do we distinguish between disease and depravity, truth-telling and lies, bad luck and bad character? What kinds of technologies and expertise do we rely on to make these determinations? Common law jurisdictions have placed issues of mental capacity and culpability at the centre of their criminal justice systems. From assessing a defendant’s fitness to plead to the criminal trial, from sentencing to evaluating a prisoner’s eligibility for parole, the quality of a person’s mind, and our ability to know it, is essential. This course approaches the concept of the ‘guilty mind’ from a critical perspective, emphasizing the roles of culture, context and history in informing our understandings of the self, moral agency and sinfulness. The reading list privileges historical, literary and sociolegal works, especially monographs. These are paired with legal and policy-oriented articles that help us to bridge the gap between the past and the present, and to consider how recent developments in psychology and neuroscience affect how we approach the criminal mind today.

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.

Special Topics: Policing racialization and urban unrest: From ‘race riots’ to Black Lives Matter - CRI3140H 

  • P.Saberi 
  • Limited enrollment – only open to CrimSL graduate students
  • This course focuses on the histories and geographies of so-called race riots, in the US, the UK, and France from the mid-20th century to the recent Black Lives Matter protests. The goal is to introduce students to intellectually rigorous, diverse, and critical debates on the nexus of policing, racialization, immigration, and urban security governance. We aim to problematize the common-sense understanding of ‘race riots’ through a historically grounded engagement with the politics of fear around the figures of the racialized excluded in Western cities (i.e. the native, the Black, the immigrant, the Muslim). We start by engaging with policing and racialization in the making of the figures of the criminal within the broader relations of capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, and urbanization. Highlighting the importance of the conjuncture of decolonization, we focus on the socio-spatial, racial, and political forces of ‘race riots’, the geo-political fear of the racialized excluded, the making and cementing of the criminalized figures of the Black, the immigrant and the Muslim, as well as the emergence and suppression of Black radicalism and anti-racist politics. We then assess the forceful, yet shadowed, afterlives of ‘race riots’ in the co-constitution of urban policy, policing, and citizenship, and how these afterlives have affected the current Black Lives Matter protests on both sides of the Atlantic. We conclude by discussing what these histories would and could mean for social justice and citizenship in our conjuncture, not least given the current calls for police reform.

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.

Inequality and Criminal Justice - CRI 3146H 

  • Professor A. Owusu-Bempah 
  • This course provides an advanced historical and critical socio-legal examination of the intersections of social inequality, crime, and criminal justice in Canada and beyond. Much of the focus of contemporary discussions about inequalities, crime and criminal justice centre on individual actors – police, judges, offenders, and so on. In this course we will move beyond simplistic notions about race, class, gender to examine how these identities come to be constructed and reconstructed, and how they inform and are informed by criminal justice policies, practices and outcomes. Students will be introduced to a range of practical and theoretical issues associated with state responses to marginalized groups and how these groups perceive and experience crime and criminal justice. Course readings will consist of a combination of theoretical and empirical materials from Canada and other Western nations. The course will interrogate how new technologies, such as the rise of big data analytics and predictive decision-making influence the administration of criminal justice. The goal of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the intersections between social inequalities, crime and criminal justice.

Organized Crime and Corruption - CRI 3220H

  • M. Comiskey
  • 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

  • H. Pelvin 
  • 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.

Special Topics in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies: 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