Geraint Osborne, PhD (McGill)

Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
Associate Chair, Augustana - Social Sciences

Contact

Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
Email
osborne@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 679-1531
Address
2-305 AG10 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Associate Chair, Augustana - Social Sciences
Email
geraint.osborne@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Degrees: Ph.D. McGill University; MA Queen's University, BA (Hons.) Queen's University.

Awards:

2015 Augustana Faculty Teaching Leadership Award

2012 Betty Ostenrud Award (Service Award)

Biography and Personal Interests: I am a somewhat reluctant academic who, between degrees, worked as a researcher for Environment Canada, Canada Post Corporation, Correctional Services Canada, and Heritage Canada. But the lure of ideas and thirst for knowledge always brought be back to the university. I enjoy running, soccer, canoeing, film, music, and chillin' at the cabin. 


Research

Research Areas:

Cannabis Use and Drug Policy

Hockey Violence and Masculinity

Sociology of Public Intellectuals 

Music Scenes and Community Building 

Research Grants & Projects:

2020 VPRI Seed Funding, SSHRC Researchers, Cannabis Normalization Research ($6,666)

2017 Grant Assist Program Bridge Funding for Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Insight Grant ($5000.00) Co-investigator: Hockey Violence. 

2016 Office of the Vice President Research: Special Call for Funding ($5464.00) Co-investigator: Hockey Violence.

2013 Augustana Faculty Research Time Stipend ($7,200): Student Cannabis Use

2011 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Grant. ($103,500) Co-investigator. Student Use of Cannabis.

2009 Augustana Research Grant - Primary Investigator ($7,697.50). The Role of the Public Scholar in the Local Press.

2008 Government of Alberta, Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Grant ($8,825.60). Teaching Empathy.

2005 Augustana University College Research Grant (with Student Research Grants ($7,400.00). Recreational Cannabis Use.


Teaching

Teaching Areas:

Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Political Sociology

Qualitative Methods

Specific Courses: AUSOC101: Introduction to Sociology; 

              AUIDS160: Crime, Community & Corrections; 

              AUSOC200: Young Offenders & the Law; 

              AUSOC224: Sociology of Deviant Behaviour; 

              AUSOC225: Criminology; 

              AUSOC236: Research Design & Qualitative Methods; 

              AUSOC327/427: Crimes of the Powerful; 

              AUSOC337: Political Sociology; 

              AUSOC339: Fieldwork;

              AUSOC437: Symbolic Interactionism. 

Courses

AUCRI 200 - Young Offenders and the Law

Integrative examination of theories of delinquency, the relationship of the young offender to Canadian criminal law, family, drug abuse, child abuse, and recent developments in community-based treatment programs. Prerequisites: One of AUSOC 101, 103, 105, AUIDS 160 or AUCRI 160, or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCRI 200 and AUSOC 200.

Fall Term 2020
AUCRI 224 - Studies in Deviant Behaviour

Interactionist analysis of processes accompanying the definition of deviance, subculture formation, careers of involvement in deviant activities, and the formal and informal regulation of deviance. Prerequisite: One of AUCRI 160, AUIDS 160 (2020), AUSOC 101, 103, 105. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCRI 224 and AUSOC 224 (2020).

Winter Term 2022
AUCRI 225 - Criminology: A Canadian Perspective

Examination of anthropological and sociological explanations of crime and criminality, including a cross-cultural analysis of the social processes accompanying criminal activities. The course focuses on criminality as defined under Canadian criminal law and the traditional legal systems of Canada's aboriginal peoples. Prerequisite: One of AUCRI 160, AUIDS 160 (2020), AUSOC 101, 103, 105. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCRI 225 and AUSOC 225 (2020).

Fall Term 2021
AUCRI 327 - Crimes of the Powerful

Why is it that so much attention is paid to ¿street crime¿ while the crimes of the powerful go virtually unpunished and sometimes unnoticed? A comprehensive examination of the prevalence and impact of crime committed by the powerful, including white collar occupational crime, corporate crimes, and crimes committed by the state. Prerequisite: One of AUCRI 160, 224, 225, 353, AUIDS 160 (2020), AUPOL 353 (2020), AUSOC 224 (2020), 225 (2020), and 3rd year standing or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCRI 327, 427, AUSOC 327 (2020), 427 (2020).

Fall Term 2021
AUIDS 101 - Topics in Liberal Studies

Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is a key aspect of the Augustana First Year Experience. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.

Fall Term 2020 Fall Term 2021
AUSOC 200 - Young Offenders and the Law

Integrative examination of theories of delinquency, the relationship of the young offender to Canadian criminal law, family, drug abuse, child abuse, and recent developments in community-based treatment programs. Prerequisites: One of AUSOC 101, 103, 105, AUIDS 160 or AUCRI 160, or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUSOC 200 and AUCRI 200.

Fall Term 2020
AUSOC 236 - Research Design and Qualitative Methods

Examination of the relation between the method of inquiry and the problem which inquiry addresses. It is designed to acquaint students with numerous approaches to social research, covering all phases of the research process including formulation of a research problem, design of instruments, collection of data and analysis of results. Particular attention is given to qualitative methods, including interviewing, observation, focus groups, and unobtrusive measures. Students will be expected to conduct original research assignments. Prerequisite: One of AUSOC 101, 103, 105.

Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
AUSOC 339 - Fieldwork Methodology

Examination of fieldwork as it pertains to a qualitative sociology. Topics include epistemology, participant observation, unstructured interviews, managing and interpreting data, and research ethics. Each student completes an original field research project. Prerequisite: AUSOC 236 or AUPOL 200 and 3rd year standing, or consent of the instructor.

Winter Term 2021
AUSOC 401 - Directed Reading I

Intensive study of a specific area of sociology as defined by the student and a supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Notes: An Application for Individual Study must be completed and approved before registration in the course. The course is intended primarily for a student planning to pursue graduate studies in sociology.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

"Let Me Tell You a Story: Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Personal Stories"
Author(s): Geraint Osborne
Publication Date: 11/12/2018
Publication: The Teaching Professor
External Link: https://www.teachingprofessor.com/topics/classroom-climate/building-relationships/enhancing-teaching-and-learning-through-personal-stories/
"Differentiating the Drug Normalization Framework: A Quantitative Assessment of Cannabis Use Patterns, Accessibility, and Acceptability Attitudes among University Undergraduates"
Author(s): Kat Kolar, Patricia Erickson, Andrew Hathaway & Geraint Osborne
Publication Date: 6/18/2018
Publication: Substance Use & Misuse
Volume: 53
Issue: 14
Page Numbers: 2339-2349
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2018.1474226
“It’s really no big deal”: The role of social supply networks in normalizing use of cannabis by students at Canadian universities”
Author(s): Hathaway, A., Mostaghim, A,. Erickson, P., Kolar, K., & Osborne, Geraint
Publication Date: 3/20/2018
Publication: Deviant Behavior
Volume: 39
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 1672-1680
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2017.1411047
“Professing in the Local Press: Professors and Public Responsibilities.”
Author(s): Osborne, Geraint, Wilton, Shauna
Publication Date: 2/1/2017
Publication: Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 67-80
External Link: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol10/iss1/8
"Perspectives on Cannabis Legalization among Canadian Recreational User,”
Author(s): Osborne, Geraint, Fogel, Curtis
Publication Date: 10/12/2016
Publication: Contemporary Drug Problems
Volume: 44
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 12-31
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0091450916670393
“’Nothing More Than the Usual Injury”: Debating Hockey Violence during the Manslaughter Trials of Allan Loney (1905) and Charles Masson (1907).”
Author(s): Lorenz, Stacy, Geraint Osborne
Publication Date: 11/25/2015
Publication: Journal of Historical Sociology
Volume: 30
Issue: 4 December
Page Numbers: 698-723
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/johs.12111
“Attitudes of cannabis nonusers in a study of undergraduate students at three Canadian universities,”
Author(s): Hathaway, Andrew, Mostaghim, Amir, Kolar, Kat, Erickson, Patricia, Geraint Osborne,
Publication Date: 11/13/2015
Publication: Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy
Volume: 23
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 238-246
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2015.1112362