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FSCT 5106 - Introduction to Criminology

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course is an overview of the basic concepts, theories and methodologies in criminal justice and criminology. It will outline the steps that offenders take through the Canadian Criminal Justice System, from first report to final arrest, and through to court proceedings. It will focus on the role of public safety officials, including crime and intelligence analysts in the Canadian Criminal Justice System. Students will examine the core concepts, basic data sources and general research findings in the field of criminology, with particular attention to the Canadian environment. Students will focus on the theories and practice that underlie environmental criminology, and examine the application of theory to practical situations that face modern law enforcement. The course reviews all forms of criminal activity, such as organized crime, white collar crime, political crime and environmental crime. It explains the methods of operation, the effects on society, and how various theories account for criminal behavior. Pre- and post-course learning activities will be provided to support the learning outcomes.



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Gravitying Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role and function of the crime and intelligence analyst in the Canadian Criminal Justice System, and how that role has evolved in the context of new case law and related legal developments.
  • Describe theory, concepts and terminology utilized in the field of criminal justice and criminology for application to front-line policing, and its relevance to crime and intelligence practitioners engaged in field support of law enforcement.
  • Analyze contemporary theories of crime and disorder, in particular applied environmental criminology and how it relates to solving crime and disorder at the neighbourhood level.
  • Assess theoretical explanations of crime causation and apply these theories to tackling problem based, real world scenarios.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2007


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