Word from the Chair

Michael Kempa

Canada's Largest Bilingual Criminology Department

Criminology is a discipline covering a wide range of research areas, ranging from crime itself to the different parts of the criminal justice system. The Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa offers teaching and research expertise which make it stand out from other departments, due to its keen interest in analysis of criminal justice policy and practice and critical theories in criminology. Students are invited to think about the roles and responsibilities of different actors in the justice system (police, practitioners, judges, politicians, victims) and the different strategies in place to respond to behaviour deemed to be against the law. Students enrolled in our programs can also benefit from the expertise developed by numerous research teams affiliated with the Department.

Located in the heart of the nation's capital, the Department enjoys a unique position from which to observe and analyze decisions made by the agencies dealing with crime and social justice. This also allows students who wish to do so to be actively involved in the debates associated with the field of criminal justice policy.

The Department of Criminology offers programs of study in both official languages. Students in our programs can therefore take optional courses in the language of their choice, if they wish. Our bilingualism also offers students a stimulating environment, as it enables them to encounter the two great intellectual traditions represented by French and English.

In addition to enjoying superior theoretical education, some of our students also have the option of gaining meaningful hands-on experience through field placements in various criminal justice agencies. These top quality field placements allow students to put their in-class knowledge to the test, while gaining experience within these different agencies.

For more information on our programs, feel free to email us at crimino@uOttawa.ca

Michael Kempa
Acting Chair

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