New Honours Program in Criminology - effective September 2013

NEW HONOURS PROGRAM IN CRIMINOLOGY – EFFECTIVE SEPTE MBER 2013

In September, 2013, the Department of Sociology introduced a new a 4-year Honours Program in Criminology. The program builds on our existing 3-year general major in criminology and allows qualifying students to complete an additional year of advanced courses in sociology and criminology. Benefits of enrolling in the Honours Program in Criminology include: 

  • Participating in a small-enrollment 4th year advanced seminar in criminology

  • The opportunity to complete an individually-supervised Honours thesis on a criminology
     research topic decided on in consultation with the student’s faculty supervisor.

  • The opportunity for students who do not intend to undertake graduates studies to experience a
     more enriched and individually-tailored learning experience.

  • Offering a more comprehensive preparation for students planning to apply to professional
     programs or graduate Master’s and Doctoral programs in sociology or criminology.

Provided below is an outline of the course requirements for the Honours program, intended for current criminology majors and students who are considering criminology as a major and who may be interested in completing an Honours degree. For more information, please contact a student advisor in the Department of Sociology, at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/sociology/about/2913.html.

REQUIREMENTS FOR 3-YEAR GENERAL MAJOR, AND 4-YEAR SINGLE HONOURS DEGREE IN CRIMINOLOGY

 

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

GENERAL MAJOR CRIMINOLOGY TOTAL: 30 CREDIT HOURS

SOC 1200 or SOC 1211 and SOC 1221

SOC 2290, SOC 2510, SOC 2610

12 credit hours from SOC 3100, SOC 3310, SOC 3400, SOC 3410, SOC 3700, SOC 3710, SOC 3720, SOC 3740, SOC 3750, SOC 3790, SOC 3830, SOC 3850, SOC 3860, SOC 3880

 

SINGLE HONOURS CRIMINOLOGY1 TOTAL: 60 CREDIT HOURS

SOC 1200 or SOC 1211 and SOC 1221

· S0C 2010, SOC 2220, SOC 2290, SOC 2510, SOC 2610

· 12 credit hours in ancillary options

· 3 credit hours of criminology-related theory courses from SOC 3310 or SOC 3700

· 3 credit hours2 of criminology or sociology-related theory courses from SOC 3310, SOC 3330, SOC 3350, SOC 3360, SOC 3380, SOC 3390, SOC 3700

· 12 credit hours2 of 3000-level criminology-related courses from SOC 3100, SOC 3310, SOC 3400, SOC 3410, SOC 3700, SOC 3710, SOC 3720, SOC 3740, SOC 3750, SOC 3790, SOC 3830, SOC 3850, SOC 3860, SOC 3880

· 12 credit hours in ancillary options

· SOC 4450, SOC 4490, SOC 4570

· 3 credit hours of research methods courses from SOC 3820 or SOC 4580

· 3 credit hours of advanced theory courses from SOC 4460, SOC 4560

· 12 credit hours in ancillary options

NOTES:

1 Ancillary options are courses taken from outside the Honours field of study.

2 These courses can include SOC 3310 or SOC 3700 if not already completed as a criminology or sociology-related theory requirement.

 

COURSE TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL COURSES REQUIRED BY HONOURS CRIMINOLOGY STUDENTS

SOC 2010 Critical Issues in Sociology Cr.Hrs.3 (Formerly 077.201) A form-specific, content variable course especially designed for Honours students. The intent of this course is to develop critical thinking and improve students' oral, writing and research skills. It is also designed to facilitate the creation of a cohesive cohort of Honours students through the use of group work and assignments.

SOC 2220 Sociological Theoretical Foundations Cr.Hrs.3 (Formerly 077.222) A review of classical sociological theory. The focus will be on the central figures and schools of thought in Sociology.

 

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO COURSES:

SOC 3310 Theorizing Crime, Law, and Social Justice Cr.Hrs.3 Through investigation of a variety of theoretical approaches, this course fosters an appreciation of the relevance of theorizing for addressing contemporary issues related to crime, law, and social justice.

SOC 3700 Sociology of Law Cr.Hrs.3 (Formerly 077.370) The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the law-society relationship. Different theoretical approaches will be used to investigate substantive issues that pertain to the role of law in (re)producing social inequalities and its potential for alleviating them. 

SOC 4450 Honours Seminar Cr.Hrs.6 (Formerly 077.445) An intensive discussion of selected sociological/ criminological problems, culminating in a major Honours thesis.


ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO COURSES:

SOC 3820 Qualitative and Historical Methods in Sociology Cr.Hrs.3 (Formerly 077.382) An introduction to a variety of data gathering techniques such as participant observation, interviewing, life histories, archival research, document analysis, and the use of case studies. Emphasis will be placed on the use of inductive/deductive procedures in the transformation of raw data into theoretical interpretations;

SOC 4580 Social Research Methods Cr.Hrs.3 An introduction to the philosophy of science and logic of scientific method, as well as a survey of research methods and issues. Students are expected to gain a working knowledge of the research process.

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO COURSES:

SOC 4460 Advanced Sociological Theory Cr.Hrs.3 (Formerly 077.446) A critical examination and analysis of sociological theories;

SOC 4560 Advanced Sociological Theory Cr.Hrs.3 (Formerly 077.456) A critical examination and analysis of selected sociological theories. Course content may vary from year to year depending upon the instructor's interest.


SOC 4490 Advanced Seminar in Criminology Cr.Hrs.3 A critical examination of the field of criminology and the work of criminologists in shaping modern sensibilities about crime, law, and social justice. Topics include the origins of modern criminology, the development of competing knowledge frameworks in criminology (including the impact of feminist, postmodern, and post-colonial criminologies), and trajectories of 21st century criminology (including scientific, global, and public criminology).