Welcome to the Criminology Program

All SOSC classes and services have moved online through Summer Term
As of March 17, 2020, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all faculty and staff in the Department of Social Science will be working remotely and are not available for in-person meetings at Keele Campus. The Department is fully committed to ensuring our students get the support they need by various electronic methods.
Faculty/Teaching: All classes have moved online for the foreseeable future including the Summer Term. Faculty are available via e-mail and will communicate individually and also collectively via listservs, Moodle, and so forth per usual.
Staff/Advising: All student advising will now take place via Zoom or over the phone. Students requiring advising must send a request for an appointment to socsci@yorku.ca. A staff member will respond to arrange an appointment time.
Staff/Other Services: All other services provided by SOSC staff continue via e-mail, while some services may require video-conferencing via Zoom (a free online video-conferencing application similar to Skype.
Website/Twitter: The SOSC website and twitter accounts are updated and monitored daily (weekdays) with important information from the University, LA&PS, SOSC, and individual programs.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well and be safe. 
YorkU's Health, Wellness, Counselling, and Accessibility Services (links to more information):
Mental Health and Wellness at YorkU.
2. Student Counselling & Development.
3. Student Accessibility Services.
4. Office of Student Community Relations.


Crime, criminality, and criminal justice are central concerns in Canadian society. In politics, law, policy, and popular culture, discussions of the problem of crime and what to do about it continue to dominate. Yet significant misunderstandings persist around the nature of crime, such as whether crime is on the rise or on the decline. There are also constant questions around the characteristics and motivations of offenders, as well as what counts as an effective crime control policy. The Criminology Program at York examines these issues, tensions, and questions, providing students with the tools they need to understand the complex realities of crime and criminal justice and how they are shaped by larger social, political, economic, cultural, and historical contexts. By combining faculty research and expertise, a balanced and dynamic curriculum, and a uniquely interdisciplinary approach, the Criminology Program provides students with a strong foundation in the field of criminology while at the same time producing more active and engaged citizens.

POSTPONED Event: David Lyon - Surveillance: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - From Occasional Encounters to Constant Immersion. March 17, 2020, from 17:30 to 19:30 in LSB 105. Click the poster or this sentence to go to the event page. THIS EVENT WILL MOVE TO THE FALL.

Poster for David Lyon Talk on Surveillance showing Banksy graffiti of three men in trenchcoats around a phone booth.