Instructor(s): David Cole

For graduate students, the course number is LAW3025HF.

Location: CG-160 (Canadiana Building) - 14 Queens Park Crescent West.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course examines various aspects of the Canadian sentencing system. While this course is primarily legal in its orientation, the aim is to augment the discussion of sentencing issues with philosophical and criminological literature.

The course commences with a consideration of the philosophical dimensions of sentencing and an examination of certain empirical issues, such as problems in assessing the efficacy of deterrence theory and of penal measures, and the difficulties involved in the prediction of dangerousness. Thereafter, considerable emphasis is placed on legislative and judicial approaches to the sentencing function and the procedural aspects of the Canadian sentencing system. Other topics for consideration include: victim participation, sentencing circles, sentencing of Aboriginal offenders, mandatory sentences, restorative justice, young offenders, plea arrangements and sentencing and paroling those convicted of murder.

Evaluation
a research paper (6,250 to 7,500 words) (80%) and class participation 20% (15% comments or oral presentation; 5% attendance).

At a Glance

First Term
Credits
3
Hours
2

Enrolment

Maximum
22

10 JD
2 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

10 Criminology

Schedule

M: 6:10 - 8:00