PFD330 - Criminology

Outline info
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Subject Title

Subject Description
Criminology seeks to understand the underpinnings of criminal and deviant behaviour. Students examine this behaviour through sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Students apply this knowledge in critical examination of Canadian and global crimes and statistics. A contemporary look at victimology and restorative justice is also provided.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain definitions of crime, the evolution of crime, criminology and the role of various stakeholders in defining these concepts.
  2. Identify different sources of crime data.
  3. Interpret crime trends, patterns, and typologies based on crime data sources.
  4. Describe the major social correlates of crime in Canada.
  5. Compare the major theoretical perspectives on crime and criminality through critical engagement with literature, news, and other media.
  6. Contrast historic and contemporary social reactions to crime and relate them to different crime causation theories.
  7. Critique research findings on crime prevention strategies of various levels.
  8. Relate various criminological perspectives on crime trends throughout Canada and propose solutions.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
1. Introduction to Criminology
2. Measurement, Trends, and Patterns of Crime
3. Typologies of Crime and Correlates of Criminal Behaviour
4. Victims and Victimization & Feminism and Criminology
5. Perspectives and theories of Crime Causation
6. Society’s Responses to Crime
7. Crime Prevention Strategies

Mode of Instruction
Lecture, instructor-led class discussions, group study, hands-on activities, library research, various audio/visual aids, case studies, debates and student presentations.

Prescribed Texts
Criminology:  A Canadian Perspective, 8th Edition, Rick Linden, Nelson/ Thomson, ISBN# 9780176562069

Additional Readings: Any additional readings will be posted on Blackboard.

Canadian Criminology Today (Custom)
By Schmallegger/Volk, Pearson; 6th edition ISBN-13# 9780134304465 (10 digit: 1256336688)
*Please note that a direct link to purchase a discounted eTextbook will be available as an option to students taking the course online on the first day of access to the course

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

To pass this course, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this course outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all course components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the course (minimum passing grade 50%).

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.


All assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the due date to discuss extensions. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

All assignments must be correctly documented and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.  For additional information, please refer to Seneca Libraries Guide to Citing Sources:

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.

Your final mark will be comprised of:
  • 15% - In class evaluations - Quizzes (3 at 5%)
  • 15% - A mid-term test
  • 30% - 2 Assignments (15% each)
  • 30% - A final examination
  • 10% - Participation
    Late or missed assignments are at the discretion of the individual professor.
25% - Midterm
15% - Theory Quiz
40% - Discussion Assignments (3)
20% - Final Assessment

Please retain copies of all assignments submitted.

Approved by: Sandra Noble