SOCIOLOGY 327 (B1)
                                     Winter, 2011
                                   MWF 11:00 – 11:50
                                        TL 12

Instructor: Dr. Alison Dunwoody
Office: T 6-12
Office Hours: T and R 11:00 – 12:00, or by appointment
Phone: 492-3545

“Policy about course outlines can be found in § 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.” (GFC 29 SEP

Course Description:
This course offers a comprehensive look at the Canadian criminal justice system with a particular
emphasis on policing, courts and corrections. As we explore this complex and continually evolving
system, we will address the broader social forces and conditions that impact the development,
implementation and evolution of criminal justice. We will also discuss some of the current issues
facing the justice system including the challenge of balancing retribution with rehabilitation as well as
controversies surrounding community policing, restorative justice and prison privatization.
Prerequisite: SOC 225.

Course Text:
Griffiths, Curt T. (2011). Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer (4th Ed). Toronto: Thomson-Nelson.

This text has recently undergone significant changes (e.g., from eight chapters to eleven chapters). It is
strongly recommended that you purchase the fourth edition as lecture material and exam questions will
be based exclusively on this edition.

Course Requirements:
Mid-Term 1 - 25% - scheduled for January 31
Mid-Term 2 - 25% - scheduled for March 4
Final Exam - 50% - tentatively scheduled for April 18

Grades will not be assigned on the basis of their distribution in the course (e.g., bell curve) but will be
assigned based on the individual merits of students.

The mid-terms and the comprehensive final exam will be comprised of multiple choice and short
answer questions. You are responsible for all lecture notes, class discussions, videos and assigned
readings from the text. Sample exam questions have been posted on eClass and will also be reviewed
in class.

Neither absence from class nor travel plans will be accepted as legitimate reasons for failure to attend
an exam. An unexcused absence will result in a grade of zero for that exam. Should you miss a mid-
term, you must contact the instructor via e-mail within two working days of the originally scheduled
exam. Please note that depending upon the circumstances, appropriate documentation may be required
(e.g., police report, death notice, court documents). Students with an excused absence must write the
missed exam rather than shift the weight of that exam to other course requirements. If you fail to write
the final exam you must formally apply to your Faculty within two working days following the missed
exam in order to be considered for a deferral. The decision to grant a deferred final exam is not the
instructor’s. Deferred examinations are intended to accommodate students who have experienced an
incapacitating illness or severe domestic affliction; applications based on minor or inconsequential
ailments will not be approved. There is only one date for deferred final exams. Students granted a
deferred final exam will write the exam on May 21st, 2011 in T1-90 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Lecture Schedule and Assigned Readings:
Date                Topic                  ____________                              _______ Reading
Jan 10 - Jan 17     The Criminal Justice System: An Overview                                 Ch 1
Jan 19 - 24         Challenges in Criminal Justice                                           Ch 2
Jan 26 - 28         The Police                                                               Ch 3
Jan 31              Mid-Term 1 (Chs 1 – 3)
Feb 2 - 7           Police Powers and Decision Making                                          Ch 4
Feb 9 - 16          Police Strategies and Operations                                           Ch 5
Feb 18 - Mar 2      The Criminal Courts                                                        Ch 6
Mar 4               Mid-Term 2 (Chs 4 – 6)
Mar 7 - 9           The Prosecution of Criminal Cases                                          Ch 7
Mar 11 - 21         Sentencing                                                                 Ch 8
Mar 23 - 25         Alternatives to Confinement                                                Ch 9
Mar 28 - Apr 4      Correctional Institutions                                                  Ch 10
Apr 6 - Apr 13      Release and Reentry                                                        Ch 11

Class attendance is NOT optional. Periodically, videos will be shown in class, details from
which are considered testable material. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all necessary
materials in preparation for exams as neither lecture notes nor videos will be made available outside of
class. Lecture outlines will be posted on eClass the evening prior to each class. However, outlines
should not be taken as a substitute for attending class as important information may not be covered in
the outlines.

Recording of class lectures is permitted only with the prior written consent of the instructor or if
recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Description                    Percentage                     Grade                  Value

Excellent               90 – 100                A+                4.0
                        86 – 89                 A                 4.0
                        82 – 85                 A-                3.7

Good                    78 – 81                 B+                3.3
                        74 – 77                 B                 3.0
                        70 – 73                 B-                2.7

Satisfactory            66 – 69                 C+                2.3
                        62 – 65                 C                 2.0
                        58 – 61                 C-                1.7

Poor                    54 – 57                 D+                1.3
Minimal Pass            50 – 53                 D                 1.0

Fail                          0 – 49                         F                      0.0

Academic Integrity:
“The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty.
Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the
policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with
the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (on-line at
and avoid any behaviour which could result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of
facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in
suspension or expulsion from the University.” (GFC 29 SEP 2003)

                                                                                                                                                      Updated to reflect the new Chair of GFC CLRC

 Amendments to the Code of Student Behaviour occur throughout the year. For the most recent version of the Code, visit the
     University Governance website at

                                                                    AND PARTICIPATION IN AN OFFENCE

The U of A considers plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation of facts and participation in an       Cheating (Continued)
   offence to be serious academic offences. Plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation of facts        30.3.2(2)c No Student shall represent another’s substantial editorial or compositional assistance on
   and participation in an offence can be avoided if students are told what these offences are        an assignment as the Student’s own work.
   and if possible sanctions are made clear at the outset. Instructors should understand that the
   principles embodied in the Code are essential to our academic purpose. For this reason,
   instructors will be fully supported by Departments, Faculties and the University in their        30.3.2(2)d No Student shall submit in any course or program of study, without the written approval
   endeavours to rightfully discover and pursue cases of academic dishonesty in accordance            of the course Instructor, all or a substantial portion of any academic writing, essay, thesis, research
   with the Code.                                                                                     report, project, assignment, presentation or poster for which credit has previously been obtained
                                                                                                      by the Student or which has been or is being submitted by the Student in another course or
                                                                                                      program of study in the University or elsewhere.
At the beginning of each term, we ask you to review with your students the definitions of
   plagiarism and cheating. We are now also asking you to review with your students the
   definition of Misrepresentation of Facts and Participation in an Offence. Your co-operation      30.3.2(2)e No Student shall submit in any course or program of study any academic writing, essay,
   and assistance in this matter are much appreciated.                                                thesis, report, project, assignment, presentation or poster containing a statement of fact known by
                                                                                                      the Student to be false or a reference to a source the Student knows to contain fabricated claims
                                                                                                      (unless acknowledged by the Student), or a fabricated reference to a source.
30.3.2(1) Plagiarism
                                                                                                    30.3.6(4) Misrepresentation of Facts
No Student shall submit the words, ideas, images or data of another person as the Student’s         No Student shall misrepresent pertinent facts to any member of the University community for the
own in any academic writing, essay, thesis, project, assignment, presentation or poster in a        purpose of obtaining academic or other advantage. See also 30.3.2(2) b, c, d and e.
course or program of study.
                                                                                                    30.3.6(5) Participation in an Offence
30.3.2(2) Cheating
                                                                                                    No Student shall counsel or encourage or knowingly aid or assist, directly or indirectly, another
30.3.2(2)a No Student shall in the course of an examination or other similar activity, obtain or    person in the commission of any offence under this Code.
  attempt to obtain information from another Student or other unauthorized source, give or
  attempt to give information to another Student, or use, attempt to use or possess for the
  purposes of use any unauthorized material.
                                                                                                    The Truth In Education (T*I*E) project is a campus wide educational campaign on Academic
30.3.2(2)b No Student shall represent or attempt to represent him or herself as another or have     Honesty. This program was created to let people know the limits and consequences of inappropriate
  or attempt to have himself or herself represented by another in the taking of an examination,     academic behaviour. There are helpful tips for Instructors and Students. Please take the time to visit
  preparation of a paper or other similar activity. See also misrepresentation in 30.3.6(4).        the website at:
                                                                                                                                                       Updated to reflect the new Chair of GFC CLRC

                                                               EXCERPTS FROM THE CODE OF STUDENT BEHAVIOUR
                                                         FOR REVIEW WITH EACH CLASS AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY TERM

Procedures for Instructors Regarding                                                                    Possible Sanctions

                                                                                                        One or more of the following sanctions given in 30.4.3 (2) and (3) of the Code are commonly
Plagiarism, Cheating,                                                                                   used for plagiarism, cheating, participation in an offence, and misrepresentation of facts.

                                                                                                          30.4.3(2) a.i     A mark reduction or a mark of 0 on any term work or examination for reason of
Misrepresentation of Facts and Participation in an Offence
                                                                                                                            Inappropriate Academic Behaviour (GFC 24 SEP 2007);
                                                                                                          30.4.3(2) a.ii    Reduction of a grade in a course
The following procedures are drawn from the Code of Student Behaviour as approved by GFC                  30.4.3(2) a.iii   A grade of F for a course.
and the Board of Governors. The guidelines summarize what instructors must do when they have              30.4.3(2) a.iv    A remark on a transcript of 8 (or 9 for failing graduate student grades),
reason to believe that a student has plagiarized, cheated, misrepresented facts or participated in an                       indicating Inappropriate Academic Behaviour in addition to 30.4.3(2)a.i,
offence. If you have questions about these guidelines, or about the policies, please talk with the                          30.4.3(2)a.ii, 30.4.3(2)a.iii
senior administrator in your Faculty responsible for dealing with student discipline—usually an           30.4.3(3) b       Expulsion
Associate Dean – or the Appeals Coordinator, University Governance (2-2655).                              30.4.3(3) c       Suspension

                                                                                                        The following sanctions may be used in rare cases.
30.5.4 Procedures for Instructors in Cases Respecting Inappropriate Academic Behaviour
                                                                                                          30.4.3(3) e       Suspension of a Degree already awarded
30.5.4(1) When an Instructor believes that a Student may have committed an Inappropriate                  30.4.3(3) f       Rescission of a Degree already awarded
Academic Behaviour Offence [30.3.2] or that there has been Misrepresentation of Facts
[30.3.6(4)] or Participation in an Offence [30.3.6(5)] in cases respecting Inappropriate Academic       30.6.1 Initiation of an Appeal
Behaviour in the course that he or she instructs, the Instructor will meet with the Student. Before
such a meeting, the Instructor shall inform the Student of the purpose of the meeting. In the event     30.6.1(1) When a Student has been found to have committed an offence under the Code of Student
that the Student refuses or fails to meet with the Instructor within a reasonable period of time        Behaviour or an Applicant is found to have committed an offence under the Code of Applicant
specified by the Instructor, the Instructor shall, taking into account the available information,       Behaviour (Section 11.8 of the GFC Policy Manual), whether or not that Student or Applicant has
decide whether a report to the Dean is warranted. (CLRC 30 MAY 2002) (EXEC 7 APR 2003)                  been given a sanction, the Student or Applicant may appeal that decision, except in the case of a
(CLRC 27 NOV 2003)                                                                                      decision of the Discipline Officer under 30.5.6(2)e.ii, which remains final and is not subject to
                                                                                                        appeal. In cases where a severe sanction has been recommended to the Discipline Officer, once
30.5.4(2) If the Instructor believes there has been a violation of the Code, the Instructor shall, as   the student receives the final decision of the Discipline Officer, the student can appeal the
soon as possible after the event occurred, report that violation to the Dean and provide a written      decisions of both Dean and the Discipline Officer at the same time. The written appeal must be
statement of the details of the case. The instructor may also include a recommendation for              presented to the Appeals Co-ordinator in the University Secretariat within 15 Working Days of the
sanction. (CLRC 27 NOV 2003).                                                                           deemed receipt of the decision by the Student or Applicant. The finding that an offence has been
                                                                                                        committed, the sanction imposed or both may form the basis of appeal. The written appeal must
                                                                                                        also state the full grounds of appeal and be signed by the Appellant. The appeal shall be heard by
                                                                                                        the UAB. (CLRC 30 MAY 2002) (CLRC 25 SEP 2003) (EXEC 01 MAY 2006) (GFC 24 SEP
                                                                                                        2007) (BEAC 17 OCT 2007)

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DR HEIDI JULIEN                                                                                         DR CARL G. AMRHEIN
CHAIR, GFC CAMPUS LAW REVIEW COMMITTEE*                                                                 PROVOST AND VICE-PRESIDENT (ACADEMIC)

* The Campus Law Review Committee is a standing committee of General Faculties Council (GFC) responsible for the review of the Code of Student Behaviour and of student disciplinary

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