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FSCT 5106 - Introduction to Criminology

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

To support you and your education, BCIT is adapting applied learning in formats appropriate to the unfolding global situation. All PTS classes are being delivered in an online format unless you are notified otherwise.

Course Details

This course is an overview of the basic concepts, theories and methodologies in criminal justice and criminology. It will outline the steps that offenders take through the Canadian Criminal Justice System, from first report to final arrest, and through to court proceedings. It will focus on the role of public safety officials, including crime and intelligence analysts in the Canadian Criminal Justice System. Students will examine the core concepts, basic data sources and general research findings in the field of criminology, with particular attention to the Canadian environment. Students will focus on the theories and practice that underlie environmental criminology, and examine the application of theory to practical situations that face modern law enforcement. The course reviews all forms of criminal activity, such as organized crime, white collar crime, political crime and environmental crime. It explains the methods of operation, the effects on society, and how various theories account for criminal behavior. Pre- and post-course learning activities will be provided to support the learning outcomes.





Spring/Summer 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

CRN 57377

Mon May 03 - Fri May 07 5 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
May 03 - May 07 Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below


John Cater

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Due to the COVID outbreak, this course will be exclusively online for the Spring/Summer 2021 term and classes will be taught LIVE for FSCT 5106 Introduction to Criminology. Pre-course reading is required. Important course information including pre-course reading will be emailed to you by the instructor prior to the course start-date. Please make sure you check your BCIT email approximately one month before the start of the course and at least once a week leading up to the course start date. Please note, in order to successfully participate in this course you will require either a laptop or desktop computer with internet access so that you can access remotely the software required for this course. You will also require a webcam with built in microphone or at least, an external microphone. Please advise us if this will be a problem for you. For details on the textbook required, please check: For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: or contact one of the Program Assistants at

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14 seats available as of Mar 7, 2021 2:09 pm (PST). Of these 14, 8 are currently reserved for domestic students only. Availability may change at any time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role and function of the crime and intelligence analyst in the Canadian Criminal Justice System, and how that role has evolved in the context of new case law and related legal developments.
  • Describe theory, concepts and terminology utilized in the field of criminal justice and criminology for application to front-line policing, and its relevance to crime and intelligence practitioners engaged in field support of law enforcement.
  • Analyze contemporary theories of crime and disorder, in particular applied environmental criminology and how it relates to solving crime and disorder at the neighbourhood level.
  • Assess theoretical explanations of crime causation and apply these theories to tackling problem based, real world scenarios.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2007

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Spring/Summer 2021

No information on books is currently available for Spring/Summer 2021 offerings of this course.


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