Geraint Osborne, PhD (McGill)

Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


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



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).

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).

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 Indigenous 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).

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).

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 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.

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Featured Publications

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

Osborne, Geraint; Wilton, Shauna

Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, . 2022 August; TBA (TBA):TBA

Geraint Osborne

The Teaching Professor. 2018 November;

Kat Kolar, Patricia Erickson, Andrew Hathaway & Geraint Osborne

Substance Use & Misuse. 2018 June; 53 (14):2339-2349

Hathaway, A., Mostaghim, A,. Erickson, P., Kolar, K., & Osborne, Geraint

Deviant Behavior. 2018 March; 39 (12):1672-1680

Osborne, Geraint, Wilton, Shauna

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. 2017 February; 10 (1):67-80

Osborne, Geraint, Fogel, Curtis

Contemporary Drug Problems. 2016 October; 44 (1):12-31

Lorenz, Stacy, Geraint Osborne

Journal of Historical Sociology. 2015 November; 30 (4 December):698-723

Hathaway, Andrew, Mostaghim, Amir, Kolar, Kat, Erickson, Patricia, Geraint Osborne,

Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. 2015 November; 23 (3):238-246