Instructor(s): Kimberley Crosbie

For graduate students, the course number is LAW3025H.

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus 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. During the course, 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: the role of the victim, social context, sentencing Aboriginal offenders, mandatory minimum sentences, plea arrangements and parole. The course also involves attending a busy plea court and a discussion a provincial court judge.

Evaluation
a research paper (6,250 to 7,500 words) (80%) and class participation 20% (10% contributions to discussion, 10% attendance).

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2

Enrolment

Maximum
22
9 JD
3 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U
10 Criminology

Schedule

T: 6:10 - 8:00