Geraint Osborne, PhD (McGill)

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

Contact

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
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:

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
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
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
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 439 - Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory

Issues in contemporary theory. Central concepts and arguments proposed by a variety of theorists are examined. Topics covered vary by instructor. A student confronts primary texts. Prerequisite: *6 at a senior level in Sociology.

Fall Term 2020

Publications

“’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: Journal of Historical Sociology

“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: Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy
Volume: 23
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 238-246

"Perspectives on Cannabis Legalization among Canadian Recreational User,”
Author(s): Osborne, Geraint, Fogel, Curtis
Publication: Contemporary Drug Problems

“Professing in the Local Press: Professors and Public Responsibilities.”
Author(s): Osborne, Geraint, Wilton, Shauna
Publication: Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship