Summer 2016 Course Information

CRI394H1:   Program students have registration priority from April 5-11. On April 12 (6:00am) spaces will be made available to all students.

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:  H. Campeau
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 2014-15 with a min. 70% in ECO/HIS/PHL/POL/PSY/SOC. Any combination/level is acceptable.)

CRI215H1F    Introduction to Sociolegal Studies:  TR5-8
Instructor:  A. Weaver
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

CRI394H1F    Topics in Criminology:  TR5-8
Instructor: H. Campeau
2016 Summer Topic:  Social Institutions & Crime

The main objective of this course is to examine the ways social institutions influence how social life is regulated and facilitate the functioning of the criminal justice system. Specifically, we wouldexplore various institutional spheres within which crime and deviance most frequently take place (e.g. in the home, neighborhoods, organizations, cyberspace, prisons, the media) and discuss the intersection between crime and that particular social institution. Students familiar with the hit TV series “The Wire” will recognize the inspiration for the structure (not the content per se) of this course: with each season shifting its lens onto a different social institution, we can appreciate the complexities of how criminal behaviour flourishes and how crime is responded to. An approach to crime that simultaneously considers institutional settings examines how a criminal or deviant acquires interest, ability, and means of justification for their behaviour through a relationship with others and the social environment. A central theme of the course is therefore to also underscore how crime is socially constructed in a particular context.

Prerequisites:  CRI205H, 210H, 225H

CRI490H1    Advanced Topics in Criminology   MW5-7
Instructor:  J. Wright
2016 Summer Topic:  Law, Property, and Place

This course explores the workings of law in everyday urban life rather than in formal legal institutional contexts. It focuses on how law operates outside of courtrooms, is deployed by actors other than legal professionals, and exists in forms that are far from that of doctrinal legislation. The course offers an opportunity to learn about law’s involvement in the creation and persistence of diverse urban issues, as well as the taken for granted ways in which law facilitates the mundane relations that occur with respect to the city/property. It also encourages intersectional analysis of how law shapes and reflects urban life by highlighting multiple and competing narratives of ordinary citizens.

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.