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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
July 2, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Fall 2014



Course: CC 411A (Public Criminology), Fall Term 2014

When: Tuesdays at 7pm to 9:50pm (Public lecture runs from 7pm to 8:30pm)

Who: All are welcome! No preparation necessary.

Where: Research and Academic Centre West (RCW) Building (150 Dalhousie St.), Room 002


The aim of Public Criminology is to reach beyond the university in an effort to bring criminology and deviance into conversations with multiple publics.

At its core, Public Criminology attempts to address the following questions:

  • What is the role and value of criminology in a democratic society?
  • How can criminology find a voice in a world in which crime and punishment are the central focus of government agendas and public discourse?
  • What 'good' do we want criminological research to promote?

Thus, the objective of this project is to implement a public criminology colloquium in the form of a class in order to bridge the gap between the university and the public sphere, broadening both the appeal of public intellectualism and Laurier Brantford as a university dedicated to advancing excellence in teaching, learning and public service throughout Canada. Throughout the colloquium we will showcase the work of internationally recognized scholars to demonstrate how their varied, and diverse, research contributes to a better politics of crime and its regulation. We will consider the development of public criminology in the research literature and the practice of public criminology in our direct engagement with prominent scholars in the field. This colloquium is of vital importance as it will help broaden and deepen the public's understanding of academic research by showing its impact where they live, work and play.

Each class in the Public Criminology course will feature:

  • Alecture from an invited esteemed criminologist followed by a...
  • A roundtablestyle discussion between students, members of the public, and the featured presenter in order to develop a deeper individual understanding of the social and historical contexts that make society possible.
  • This course will develop and advance both the theory and practice of public criminology. Central to the public criminology field is a commitment to a political project guided by the criminological knowledge of the conditions and relations of and within the social world.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support we have received from Wilfrid Laurier University.

We wish to also thank Dr. Christopher Schneider for giving permission to draw from his public sociology course for the design of the present public criminology colloquium.

** It's shaping up to be another GREAT series of lectures this year so we hope to see you!