Criminology and Social Justice

Criminology is the study of the nature and causes of and responses to crime in society. The concern for social justice broadens the investigation to ask whether our institutions—including law and the criminal justice system—are organized and implemented in ways that realize human rights and equality for all members of society. 

Students can pursue either a 3-year major or a 4-year honours program in Criminology in our department.

Content/Sub-Areas

Law and Society

The Criminal Justice System

Criminal Justice Research and Policy

Undergraduate Courses

SOC 2510 Criminology 


SOC 2610 Criminal Justice & Corrections 


SOC 3100 Practicum in Criminological/Sociological Research (6 credit-hours) 


SOC 3310 Theorizing Law, Crime and Social Justice 
SOC 3400 Policing and Crime Prevention

SOC 3660 Sociology of Mental Disorder 
SOC 3700 Sociology of Law    

SOC 3700 Sociology of Law


SOC 3710 Criminal Careers 


SOC 3720 Criminal Law & Its Procedure  


SOC 3750 Institutional Responses to Violence 


SOC 3860 Genocide, Crime & Society       


SOC 3740 Selected Topics in Criminology (subject matter varies by instructor) 


SOC 3790 Women, Crime and Social Justice  


SOC 3830 Youth, Crime and Society 
SOC 3850 Restorative Justice   


SOC 3850 Restorative Justice

SOC 3880 Global Criminology and Criminal Justice 


SOC 4490 Advanced Seminar in Criminology

Graduate Courses

SOC 7280 Seminar in Theories of Criminal Behaviour 


SOC 7300 Sociology of Law & Social Control 


SOC 7450 Selected Topics in Criminology

Faculty with Special Expertise

Faculty Area
Elizabeth Comack Inequality and the Law, Feminist Criminology
Frank Cormier Indigenous Justice Issues, Policing
Jeremy Patzer Indigenous Peoples and the Law
Rick Linden Policing, Aboriginal Justice, Crime Prevention
Russell Smandych Comparative Legal History, Historical Sociology, Indigenous Peoples and Law, Global Criminology and Criminal Justice, Youth Justice
Jane Ursel Criminal Justice Policy, Domestic Violence
Andrew Woolford Conflict Resolution, Genocide Studies, Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relations, Neoliberalism and the City