Criminology students wishing to pursue graduate studies (an M.A. and perhaps a Ph.D.) in the area of Criminology and Social Justice have two options. One option is to transfer to the Sociology Honours Program. The other is to undertake a Pre-Master’s year of coursework once the B.A. degree is completed
Option A: Sociology Honours Program
In addition to SOC 1200 and SOC 2290 (which are required courses for the Criminology Major), Sociology Honours students must complete SOC 2010 and SOC 2220 as well as 6 credit hours of Sociological theory courses (which can include SOC 3310, Theorizing Law, Crime and Social Justice and SOC 3700, Sociololgy of Law).
Required fourth year courses include 6 credit hours of Sociological theory (SOC 4460 and SOC 4560), 6 credit hours of Sociological methods (SOC 4470 and SOC 4480) and the Honours Thesis Seminar (SOC 4450).
For more information about the Sociology Honours Program see: Sociology Honours program
Option B: Sociology Pre-Master’s Program
Designed for students who have completed a 3 year B.A. degree, this one-year program is designed to bring the student’s standing to approximately the level of a Sociology Honours graduate. Admission is competitive and follows the admission requirements for the Sociology Master’s Program.
Students admitted to the Pre-Master's Program are required to complete 24 credit hours (8 courses) of Sociology. Of these, students must take:
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Honours Seminar 6 Advanced Sociological Theory 3 Advanced Sociological Theory 3 Quantitative Social Analysis 3 Social Research Methods 3 6 credit hours of Sociology electives above 1000-level* 6
Advanced Sociological Theory
Advanced Sociological Theory
Quantitative Social Analysis
Social Research Methods
6 credit hours of Sociology electives above 1000-level*
*Students who have not already taken 6 credit hours of undergraduate sociological theory and 6 credit hours of undergraduate sociological research methods during their 3 year B.A. degree must complete these requirements (which may be counted as part of their electives).
Recent Honours and Pre-Masters Theses in the Criminology and Social Justice Area
Both Sociology Honours and Pre-Masters students have the opportunity to work with an advisor in the completion of a thesis project, which is a main component of the SOC 4450 course. In recent years, our students have undertaken studies on a number of topics and issues related to Criminology and Social Justice:
Daniel Levin, "Urban Street Gangs: A Product of Marginality and Social Exclusion." (E. Comak, advisor)
Wendy Aujla, “Content Analysis of Domestic Violence among Immigrant Women in Canada” (L. Wilkinson, advisor)
Rana Bokhari, “The Effect of the Youth Criminal Justice Act on Incarceration Rates” (F. Cormier, advisor)
Suzanne Latchmin, “Immigrant Civil Liberty Offences: Examining the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act and the USA Patriot Act” (L. Wilkinson, advisor)
Konstantin Petoukhov, “Justice Self-Determination of the Navajo and the Mohawk Nations: A Comparative Case Study” (A. Woolford, advisor)
Rachel Heinrichs. “Look Who’s Talking: The News Media and Gangs in Winnipeg” (E. Comack, advisor).
Jocelyn Lalonde. “If It Bleeds It Leads” (F. Cormier, advisor).
Ian K. McLeod. “The Potential of Restorative Justice for Addressing Youth Auto Theft in Winnipeg” (A. Woolford, advisor).
Ashleigh Pearson. “Lost in the Streets: Aboriginal Females and the Sex Trade” (E. Comack, advisor)
Gregory Tachnak. “Incarceration Rates and the Welfare State: A Comparative Analysis of Finland, Britain and the United States” (S. Brickey, advisor).
Michelle Albl. “Prostitution in the Welfare Model: ‘A Good Fit?’: A Comparison of Sweden, Germany and the United States” (S. Prentice, advisor).
Mark Hanly. “Transnational Policing as a Form of Nodal Governance in the European Context” (R. Smandych, advisor)
Jodi Koffman. “Juvenile Justice Legislation in Canada and the United States: A Comparative Analysis through the Eyes of Seymour Martin Lipset” (R. Smandych, advisor)
Gosia Parada. “Orientalism, Globalization and the Sex Trade in Asia and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Study” (R. Smandych, advisor)
Jeremy Patzer. “Aboriginal Rights to Traditional Livelihoods in Canada and Sweden: The Coercion of Modernity and the Nation-State” (G. Olsen, advisor)
Jayda Wiebe. “When ‘No’ is Not an Option: The Marital Rape Epidemic” (M. Kandrack, advisor)
Shauna Wortman. “Welfare Regimes and Gender: Comparing Canada and Sweden on Gender Equality and Violence Against Women” (E. Comack, advisor)
Janelle McLeod. "Will Canada Say 'I do'?: A Comparative Study of Egalitarianism and the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands" (G. Olsen, advisor)
Jillian Woloshyn. “Approaches to Incarceration: A Comparative Study of Canada, New Zealand and The United States” (G. Olsen, advisor)