Summer 2017 Course Information

Note: Prerequisites and exclusions are enforced for CRI courses. Prerequisites are not checked at the time of enrolment so do not assume that being able to register in a course means that you satisfy the prerequisites. However prerequisites will be checked by the Program Office regularly and students enrolled in courses for which they do not have the published prerequisites may have their registration in those courses cancelled at any time.

CRI205H1 Introduction to Criminology:  MW5-8
Instructor:  TBA
An introduction to the study of crime and criminal behaviour. The concept of crime, the process of law formation, and the academic domain of criminology. Theories of crime causation, methodologies used by criminologists, and the complex relationship between crime, the media and modern politics.
Exclusion:  WDW205H1, WDW200Y1
Prerequisite: (4.0 FCEs and a minimum cgpa of 2.3) OR (Enrolment in the Criminology & Sociolegal Studies program:  ASMAJ0826) OR (1.0 FCE taken in 2016-17 with a min. 70% in ECO/HIS/PHL/POL/PSY/SOC. Any combination/level is acceptable.)

CRI215H1F    Introduction to Sociolegal Studies:  TR5-8
Instructor:  TBA
The course covers several major issues that will help prepare students for advanced courses in the criminology major:  the meaning of law, the production of laws and legal institutions, law in action, comparative legal traditions, and the methodology of sociolegal studies.
Prerequisite: 4.0 FCEs and a minimum cgpa of 2.3 or registered in the Criminology and Sociolegal subject POSt (ASMAJ0826/ASSPE0826)
Exclusion: WDW215H1

CRI364H1F    Indigenous Peoples & Criminal Justice:  MW5-8
Instructor: TBA
An introduction to issues affecting Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system identified by Indigenous scholars, activists and allies. Topics include: effects of colonization, legal discrimination and disenfranchisement, Treaties and land claims, criminalization, Indigenous activism, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Prerequisite: 1 FCE from CRI205H1, CRI210H1, CRI215H1, CRI225H1
Exclusion: CRI394H1 Topics: Indigenous Peoples & Criminal Justice taken in 20171

CRI490H1    Advanced Topics in Criminology   TR5-7
Instructor:  TBA
2017 Summer Topic:  National Security & Criminal Justice
The objective of the course is to explore emerging issues in Criminology, and their social, legal, ethical and political implications. Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: 2 CRI 300 half-credit lecture/seminar courses.

CRI395H1F or S Independent Study 
Independent study under the direction of a faculty member.  Open only when a faculty member is willing and available to supervise.  Consult the program website for additional information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

  1. CRI205H1/WDW205H1, CRI210H1/WDW210H1, CRI225H1/WDW225H1 and at least 3 CRI/WDW Criminology 300 half-credit courses.
  2. Approval from the Research Ethics Board, if applicable.
  3. Approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Exclusion: WDW395H1 Criminology

Due Date:  CRI395H1 Application Form and REB Approval letter (if applicable) is due one week before the start of classes.

Research Ethics Approval Procedures:
Any research conducted on human subjects at U of T requires Research Ethics approval; and research conducted on students requires the additional approval of the office of the Vice-Provost, Students.  Students wishing to conduct such work must initiate the process at least 8 weeks before the start of classes. 

REB details, including submission deadlines/contacts are listed here:
Once REB approval has been granted, there are some additional steps that are part of the process to grant researchers access to student information at the University of Toronto. Specifically:
1.     A copy of the Research Ethics Board letter of approval, and a signed confidentiality agreement, along with the following information:

  • Study title
  • Title and names of authors
  • Brief description of the research, including objectives and timeline
  • Details of sampling methodology for research involving institutional data
  • Description of participants and their recruitment and/or description of data requested
  • Description of measures you will take to protect confidentiality/anonymity
  • Provision of funding for any costs incurred by the University in providing access or data.

2.     Once REB has received this information, they will review the student’s proposal and issue a letter of approval, provided we don’t have any concerns.
You can access more information on the process online at:

If Step 1 is approved you must submit a copy of the  395 form and a copy of the approval letter (STEP 1) to the Program Office for final approval.  The proposal will be reviewed for academic content and fulfilment of prerequisites.    Any requests that include conducting research in IRE courses will be subject to an additional internal review by the CIRHR.  In such cases, details of the process would be made available once Step 1 has been approved.