Introduction to Criminology

Course Code: CRIM 1500

Academic Year: 2023-2024

This course provides an examination of various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour including the sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Various typologies of crime are explored as well as topics such as crime and the media; fear of crime; victimization; gender and crime; and reaction to crime. The reality of crime in Canada is examined through crime statistics and correlates of criminal behaviour. The impact of theory on the development and effectiveness of the criminal justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future trends within the system. The course also offers an in-depth understanding of criminology as a scientific method of studying crime and criminals.