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Criminology at Ryerson

The Criminology program at Ryerson examines the key players and institutions that affect, and are affected by, the justice system and other institutions of regulation. We seek to understand the balancing of the interests of victims, offenders, the public, and politicians along with concerns about human rights and social justice. This makes the field of criminology incredibly dynamic and ever-changing and is reflected in our curriculum. You will learn about the operation of the criminal justice system, the professionals that work within the system, and the various stakeholders that are involved. The ability to think critically about issues in criminology and the substantive knowledge you will acquire, will prepare you for work in criminal justice related fields as well as postgraduate education.
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Scholarship and Awards

The Department of Criminology offers full time students a number of awards each academic year. Take the time to explore the many scholarships and awards available – and apply!

A public awareness project by Dr. Anne-Marie Singh and M.A. student Émilie Vanhauwaert on crime myths and facts

Crime, Myth or fact? The legal system is fair?

A series of infographics presents official and research based data from Statistics Canada, the police themselves etc., and encourages people to critically reflect on their own beliefs about crime and the legal system.

The first infographic engages with the belief in the fairness of the legal system as captured in the image of the scales of justice as perfectly balanced. The second infographic address fear of crime and specifically perceptions about crime in Toronto. Lastly, the third infographic is about police defunding and how it might affect our security and public safety.


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Checkout this wonderful comic Criminology's Emily van der Meulen was involved in

Police officers questioning two individuals after losing a friend to drug overdose.

In 2017, the Canadian government passed the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, a law meant to provide certain legal protections for people who witness an overdose and call 911 for emergency assistance. Criminology’s Emily van der Meulen partnered with Janet Butler-McPhee and Sandra Ka Hon Chu of the HIV Legal Network on a new research study with people who use drugs, looking at the Good Samaritan law and whether it is working as intended. You can find their research report, published in June 2020, here.

This comic illustrates one of the important findings: that while overdoses are a medical emergency, police are often attending overdose scenes – with negative consequences for people who use drugs – despite the fact that police presence has not been requested nor is it warranted. 


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