Geraint Osborne, PhD (McGill)

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


Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1531
2-305 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Associate Chair, Augustana - Social Sciences



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


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 Areas:

Cannabis Use, Cannabis Normalization, and Drug Policy

Hockey Violence and Masculinity

Sociology of Public Intellectuals 

Sociology of Community

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 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. 


AUCRI 160 - Introduction to Crime, Correction, and Community

Introduction to crime and correction in Canada. The theory and practice accompanying law enforcement, trial, correctional intervention, and probation and parole are analyzed by drawing from a range of disciplinary traditions such as ethical reflection, psychological theory, social and political thought, and biological understandings of criminality. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUCRI 160 and AUIDS 160 (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.

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.

Browse more courses taught by Geraint Osborne


"“Defenders of Perversion:” Professing Same Sex Marriage Rights in the Local Press.

Author(s): Osborne, Geraint; Wilton, Shauna
Publication Date: 8/1/2022
Publication: Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning,
Volume: TBA
Issue: TBA
Page Numbers: TBA

"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:

"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
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“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
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“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
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"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
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“’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
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“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
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