The department of Criminology offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Criminology.
Criminology is devoted to the scientific analysis of crime, justice and social control. It focuses on four broad questions: the social construction of norms and the notion of crime; the criminalization of specific behaviours, individuals and groups in our society; the analysis of the goals and functioning of the criminal justice system; and the examination of contemporary forms of intervention.
The master's program consists of three distinct 30 unit options: one with major research paper, one with thesis, and one with a thesis and field placement. These three options are intended to equip students with knowledge of the major theoretical and methodological frameworks in criminology so that they will be able to critically analyze them and apply this knowledge to describe and explain conceptual and empirical problems of crime, justice and social control, both within the framework of optional courses or of an internship seminar with an on-site internship.
Thus, a master’s degree with three options is offered:
- Option with thesis (120 pages). In addition to the mandatory core courses, the acquisition of thematic theoretical and methodological competencies is achieved by means of a thesis and three elective courses.
- Option with thesis (120 pages) and field placement. In addition to the mandatory core courses, the acquisition of thematic theoretical and methodological competencies is achieved by means of a thesis, a field placement seminar and a field placement of 360 hours in an environment that responds to the learning interests of the student.
- Option with Major Research Paper (60 pages) that allows the student to complete the program on a part-time basis beginning in the fourth semester of enrollment. In addition to the mandatory core courses, the acquisition of thematic theoretical and methodological competencies is achieved by means of a major research project and five elective courses.
The department also offers a collaborative program in Women’s Studies at the MA level. This multidisciplinary program aims to combine graduate studies in a particular discipline with the feminist approach and the problems developed in women's studies. The degree awarded is a master's degree in criminology with a "specialization in women's studies".
Finally, regarding the Option with thesis, the department offers the possibility of acquiring a double degree in criminology (DDC) combining the first year of studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium with a second year of study at the University of Ottawa (U. of O.). Students graduating from the DDC will thus be awarded a diploma from both universities, a master of arts in criminology from U. of O. and a master's degree in criminology from UCL.
The doctoral program aims to prepare criminologists who have a solid understanding of contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice policies, have in-depth knowledge of the theories and debates that characterize the discipline and are equipped to design and conduct a methodologically sound original research program.
The field is divided into two areas. The first addresses the process by means of which criminal justice policies (including laws and institutions such as the police, prison, etc.) are created and developed. The second concerns the theoretical and empirical analysis of the implementation of such policies. It examines how institutions function and attempts to assess the social consequences of these policies so as to suggest new reforms or alternative measures of a more moderate nature and more respectful of human dignity.
The programs are offered in English and French and are governed by the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).