The School of Criminology offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Major in Criminology), Master of Arts, and Ph.D., respectively. The School also offers an MA in Applied Legal Studies (Notaries Public) Program at the Surrey Campus, diplomas and general and advanced Certificates in criminology, and a Diploma in Legal Studies. As of January 2010, the School of Criminology offers a Certificate in the area of police studies.
In September 2006, the School of Criminology had a well-established undergraduate program with more than 800 majors/minors, over 120 doctoral and M.A. students, and a multidisciplinary teaching faculty consisting of 34 members.
The undergraduate curriculum is designed to assist students to acquire an in-depth understanding of the complexities of criminal and other deviant behaviour and of society's reaction to crime and deviance. Students concurrenly acquire a theoretical and practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and its components, and gain insights into the philosophy, sociology and present state of several related areas of law, particularly the criminal law. Students are able to develop and pursue an interest in one of the different sectors of criminological inquiry and practice including crime prevention, corrections, law enforcement, law and law reform, research and policy analysis, restorative justice, and forensic science.
Undergraduate courses are offered at the main campus on Burnaby Mountain and also at the Surrey campus (home to the CrimOne program). For those students unable to attend classes on campus a large number of criminology courses have been produced for distance education (some including teletutorials) in cooperation with Simon Fraser University's Centre for Distance Education. In fact, students may now pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology or a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Criminology entirely through Distance Education.
Collection development is the responsibility of the Criminology Liaison Librarian. Liaison with the School of Criminology is maintained through the Departmental Representative as well as with other faculty members when required. Regular contact with other liaison librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.
The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the major location for the Library's criminology collection. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, there is a wide overlap with other SFU Library collections including psychology, sociology, political science, economics, history, philosophy, computing science and mathematics. Small collections of criminology resources are also available at the SFU Surrey Library and the Belzberg Library at Harbour Centre. A number of SFU Library resources including books, encyclopedias and journal articles are available online, so accessible to several campuses at the same time.
The University of British Columbia also has a large collection which covers many branches of the discipline.
Consortia and Document Delivery
The SFU Library benefits from active participation in several library consortia. Specifically, the SFU Library participates in the following:
- BC Electronic Library Network, representing 30 post-secondary libraries in BC
- Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), representing 20 university libraries in western Canada
- Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), representing 73 university libraries across Canada
Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journals articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner. Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan webpage and from many databases.
|General Collection Guidelines|
The emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
|Chronological Guidelines||The material purchased will normally be current in print titles.|
|Geographical Guidelines||Not applicable|
|Treatment of Subject||Selection will be primarily from - biographies, bibliographies, reference works, etc|
|Types of Materials||Collecting is split between books and journals. There is an emphasis on e-journals and online resources.|
|Date of Publication||Emphasis is on current publications. Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.|
|Coordination / Cooperation with Others||The interdisciplinary nature of the School of Criminology creates a reliance and dependence on other parts of the library collection. These areas are mainly in the following disciplines: Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science, and History, although Philosophy, Economics, and Computing Science are also part of the picture.|
|Other Factors for Consideration||The School of Criminology has developed an extensive list of courses which are delivered through Distance Learning which dictates an emphasis on electronic resources that are remotely accessible.|
Subjects and Levels of Collecting
The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of Criminology teaching areas and research interests. Subjects listed are collected to varying depths. The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table. A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines (above) for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library. In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection. A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library. The liaison librarian, sometimes with the assistance of the faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.