For graduate students, the course number is LAW3025H.

This section of the course is for students studying remotely. This course will meet once a week, via audio-visual conference. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

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.

a research paper (6,250 to 7,250 words) (85%), engaging in class discussion (10%), and attendance (5%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



10 JD

13 Criminology


T: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (AV Conference)