Woodsworth College Courses

Key to Course Descriptions.

For Distribution Requirement purposes, all WDW courses are classified as SOCIAL SCIENCE courses.

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Criminology Courses

For all WDW Criminology courses, students must be enrolled in the Specialist or Major Program in Criminology.

Introduction to Criminology (formerly WDW200Y1) [24L, 12T]

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. Not open to first year students.
Prerequisites: Four full credits including one full credit in ECO/HIS/PHL/POL/SOC, and a CGPA of 2.5
Exclusion: WDW200Y1

Criminal Justice (formerly WDW200Y1) [24L, 12T]

An introduction to the Canadian criminal justice system. The institutions established by government to respond to crime and control it; how they operate, and the larger function they serve; including the role of the police, the trial process, courts and juries, sentencing, imprisonment and community corrections.
Prerequisite: WDW205H1
Exclusion: WDW200Y1

Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure [48L, 24T]

An introduction to criminal law and the criminal process. The essential elements of criminal liability, including defences to criminal charges, the general characteristics of offences against the person, sexual offences, regulatory offences, and ‘victimless offences.’ The criminal process, from investigation to sentencing, and the implications of the Charter of Rights for both substantive criminal law and criminal procedure.
Co- or Prerequisite: WDW200Y1/(WDW205H1 AND210H1)

Crime: Theory and Policy [36L]

Major social and political theories of crime, law and justice, and their implications for policy development in the criminal justice system. The origins of central ideas that influence criminological theory and policy, seen in an historical context. Students are encouraged to develop the analytical skills needed to think critically about criminal justice policy.
Prerequisite: An average of at least 70% in WDW200Y1 AND220Y1 combined, and a CGPA of 2.5.

The Prosecution Process [36L]

A critical examination of the process by which certain conduct is identified, prosecuted and punished as “crime”, and the process by which individuals become “criminals”. The evolution of the modern prosecution system, including the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, rules of evidence, socially constructed defences, disparity in sentencing, and wrongful convictions.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Policing [36L]

A theoretical framework is developed to examine the nature of policing, its structure and function. Attention is given to the history of policing and to its public and private forms. An examination of the objectives and domain, as well as the strategies, powers, and authority of contemporary policing; including decision-making, wrong-doing, accountability, and the decentralization of policing.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Penology [36L]

The study of punishment from historical and philosophical perspectives, with a focus on contemporary Canadian policy issues. Topics covered include penal theory, prisons and non-carceral forms of punishment, and the goals of penal reform.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Comparative Criminal Justice [36L]

Criminal justice issues outside Canada, based on a variety of international and historical studies. The evolution of criminal justice systems in Western Europe, including the English adversarial and continental European inquisitorial approaches. A comparison of policing, criminal procedure, forms of punishment, and crime rates in the contemporary world.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1
Exclusion: WDW393H1 in 2008-09

Research Methods in Criminology (formerly WDW350Y1) [36L]

An introduction to social science research methods used by criminologists. An understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of published criminological research is developed. Specific technical issues such as sampling and measurement are taught in the context of examining alternative ways of answering research questions.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Exclusions: SOC200Y1, SOC200H1, WDW350Y1

Law and Psychiatry [36L]

The increasing involvement of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in the criminal justice system over the pAST 150 years, including contemporary Canadian practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding and evaluating competing interpretations of this phenomenon.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Crime and Mind [36L]

Legal, psychological and sociological understandings of issues in the criminal justice system, through a consideration of topics including: criminal intent, the insanity defence, the concept of ‘psychopathy’, the use of ‘battered woman syndrome’ as part of a self-defence, issues of transcultural psychiatry, and jury screening for bias.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Youth Justice [36L]

Administration of the youth justice system in Canada. The Youth Criminal Justice Act provides a legal framework for considering individual rights, the protection of society, and the welfare of young people. An analysis of legal principles and practices at various stages in the youth justice process. Policy issues and proposals for reform.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Young Offenders [36L]

Historical and contemporary definitions of illegal conduct by young persons. The nature and extent of youth crime, and an analysis of theories which attempt to explain it. Assessment of the effectiveness of treatment and other strategies for preventing and responding to youth crime.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Crime and Gender [36L]

Theory, research and policy related to the ways in which gender shapes criminal behaviour, the administration of criminal justice, and the criminal law. How notions of different types of masculinity and femininity are embedded in and influence both the operation of the criminal justice system as well as criminal behaviours. The regulation of gender and sexuality through the criminal law and through crime.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Immigration and Crime [36L]

The connection between immigration and crime, the effect of immigration on crime rates, discrimination against immigrants, the representation of immigrants in crime statistics, public perception of risk and security, and criminal justice policy changes which affect immigration. We consider research conducted in Canada, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1
Exclusion: WDW390H1 in 2008

Legal Regulation of Morality [36L]

Moral regulation through criminal law, and the role of legal texts and procedures in promoting certain values while marginalizing others. The decriminalization of homosexuality and abortion, the censorship of pornography, the key role of administrative law mechanisms, and the transformation from direct to indirect forms of regulation.
Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1/WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1
Exclusion:WDW391H1 in 2002

Topics in Criminology [TBA]

Topics in Criminology offered in an international setting. The content may vary from year to year.

Topics in Criminology [36L]

Topics in Criminology [36L]

Topics in Criminology [36L]

Topics in Criminology [36L]

Topics in Criminology [36L]

Topics vary from year to year, but the objective of the course is to explore emerging issues in Criminology, and their social, legal, ethical and political implications.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Independent Study [TBA]

Independent study under the direction of a Criminology faculty member.
Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1. Approval of the Undergraduate Co-ordinator is required.

Crime and Politics [24S]

An advanced seminar examining the development of criminal justice and penal policies in Canada, the United States, Western Europe and Russia; the way authorities in those countries define and manage political deviance and the intrusion of politics into the administration of justice, especially in non-democratic settings.
Prerequisite: An average of at least 75% in four full WDW Criminology credits, and a CGPA of at least 3.0.

Current Issues in Criminal Law [26S]

An advanced seminar exploring in detail current issues in criminal law. Topics vary from year to year, but the objective of the course is to discuss current policy and case law developments in the criminal law, and their social, political and ethical implications. The role of Parliament and the judiciary in the development of the criminal law is considered.
Prerequisite: An average of at least 75% in four full WDW Criminology credits, and a CGPA of at least 3.0.

International Criminal Law [24S]

An advanced seminar focusing on the legal and conceptual framework for responding to state violence and war crimes, and the challenges faced by various international legal institutions. Legal doctrines of sovereign immunity and universal jurisdiction, the history of international criminal prosecutions, and substantive international criminal law are examined.
Prerequisite: An average of at least 75% in four full WDW Criminology credits, and a CGPA of at least 3.0.

Criminology Research Project [TBA]

An individual research project under the direction of a Criminology faculty member. Approval of the Undergraduate Co-ordinator is required.
Prerequisite: An average of at least 75% in four full WDW Criminology credits, and a CGPA of at least 3.0.

Interpersonal Violence [24S]

The meaning, purposes and sources of interpersonal violence, including an examination of debates over defining and documenting violence, and a review of the research on the relationships between illegitimate, interpersonal violence and state-approved or state-initiated violence. Cultural, social and individual correlates of interpersonal violence; law’s violence; and how violence is justified and denied.
Exclusion: WDW400H1 in 2004-2006
Prerequisite: An average of at least 75% in four full WDW Criminology credits, and a CGPA of at least 3.0.

Employment Relations Courses

Labour Relations [36L]

Introduction to the institutions, issues and legislation affecting the employment relationship in the public and private sectors in Canada, with emphasis on collective bargaining. The economic and political environment, history of the labour movement, union organization, certification, contract negotiation, strikes, dispute resolution, contract administration and grievances.
Exclusion: ECO244Y1, WDW244Y1
Prerequisite: Four courses and a CGPA of at least 2.0

Organizational Behaviour [36L]

Introduction to the nature of organizations and the behaviour of individuals and groups within organizations, including topics such as culture and diversity, reward systems, motivation, leadership, politics, communication, decision-making, conflict and group processes. Not recommended for students in Commerce programs.
Exclusion: MGT262H1, RSM260H1
Prerequisite: Four courses and a CGPA of at least 2.0

Topics in Employment Relations [36L]

Topics in Employment Relations [36L]

Topics in Employment Relations [36L]

Topics in Employment Relations [36L]

Topics in Employment Relations [36L]

Topics in Employment Relations [36L]

Topics vary from year to year, but the objective of the course is to discuss current employment relations issues and their economic, legal, political and social implications.

Compensation [36L]

The theory and process of developing and administering compensation systems. Through the core compensation principles of efficiency, equity, consistency and competitiveness we consider such topics as: job analysis, job evaluation, pay levels and structures, pay for performance, benefits, and compensating special groups of workers.
Prerequisite: WDW260H1/MGT262H1/RSM260H1

Employment Health [36L]

The influence of legislation, the labour market and collective bargaining on health policies and programs in the workplace. The rights and responsibilities of employers, employees, unions and governments for the regulation and promotion of workplace health and safety; and the implications of evolving demographic, economic, and social factors.
Prerequisite: WDW244H1, WDW260H1

Employment Law [48L]

The major legal structures which regulate the employment relationship in the public and private sectors: the common law of contract (master/servant law), legislation governing collective bargaining, the primary statutes (Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the Human Rights Code).
Prerequisite: Thirteen full credits, including WDW244H1 and WDW260H1

Seminar in Employment Relations [24S]

An advanced seminar examining contemporary issues in the employment relations and human resources field. Topics vary from year to year, but the objective of the course is to discuss current issues and their economic, legal and social implications.
Prerequisite: Thirteen full credits, including WDW244H1 and WDW260H1, and a CGPA of at least 2.50.

Other Woodsworth College Courses

Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. Details here.

Research Participation [TBA]

Research Participation [TBA]

Credit course for supervised participation in a faculty research project. Offered only when a faculty member is willing and available to supervise. Faculty members review proposals with the Program Director, then make the opportunity known to students as appropriate. Open only to third and fourth year students enrolled in a Criminology or Employment Relations program.
Prerequisite: Completion of at least nine full courses. A CGPA of at least 3.0 is recommended. Approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator is required.