Appropriate for university Criminal Justice courses where instructors find the existing texts too basic or prescriptive, and prefer a debate-oriented approach that generates more student discussion in seminars. Also appropriate for university colleges who might also prefer this approach as a change from more traditional ways of presenting the material.
Debates in Canadian Criminology looks at ten key criminal justice questions, and presents “for-and-against” papers dealing with each question. Each chapter is prefaced with a 700-1,000 word introduction putting the debate in context, and followed by a summary and a list of references for further reading. The papers are drawn from both academic and journalistic sources, with an eye to their accessibility for first-year students.
I. ISSUES IN DATA COLLECTION.Debate 1. “Should the Race of the Offender Be Recorded in Canadian Crime Data?”
II. DEBATING CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR.Debate 3. “Are Criminals Marxist Revolutionaries?”
III. DEBATES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE.Debate 7. “Can Boot Camps Provide Effective Treatment for Young Offenders?”