Crime and Society: Contemporary Topics

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.

Investigate a range of contemporary topics in crime, including the relationship between public order and violent crime, innovations in drug enforcement, forensic psychiatry, restorative justice, wrongful conviction, geographic profiling in hunting serial criminals, structural violence, advocacy and the law. Examine crime from the point of view of anthropology and sociology, and learn to apply social science methods to better understand and address crime.

This course is ideal if you’re interested in criminology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, law, enforcement, mental health, forensic psychiatry or public policy.

DAN SMALL, PhD, is a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at UBC. He has a PhD in medical anthropology (University of British Columbia), an MPhil in circumpolar studies (University of Cambridge), and undergraduate degrees in sociology and anthropology, and psychology (Simon Fraser University).


Course Format

During the course, from Monday to Friday, you’re online for two hours a day attending a live, virtual class. You can log on from wherever you are. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and vary by session.

In addition to the live virtual classes, you can expect to spend 4–5 hours per week reading, researching and participating in discussion boards.

All UBC Future Global Leaders students have access to the online Virtual Student Lounge where they can hang out and develop friendships with students from across Canada and around the world.

Learning Technology
We use Canvas, an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based learning application. You will receive instructions to access this application two business days before your first class.

UBC Extended Learning suggests that you have the following technology in order to keep up with the program and complete assignments online:

  • access to a computer that meets the following minimum specifications:
    • Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

You can also use your IOS or Android mobile device by downloading the Canvas App in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

After you register, you are directed to create an account. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Available Sessions

Course currently not available for registration.