Location
Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Any-time Online
  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $8,176
International: CAD $23,192

Program Description

This diploma will provide you with a solid foundation in Canadian justice to help you make a difference in Aboriginal society. Upon completion of this diploma, you will be ready to apply your learning in a variety of justice contexts.

This is a two-year (four-term) diploma program with an optional non-credit fifth term (field work placement).

Potential careers in justice with an Aboriginal Focus

The purpose of the Aboriginal Focus specialization is to prepare you for careers in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal justice sectors.

These job opportunities are diverse. You can work in organizations and agencies like correctional facilities or the RCMP. You can work in roles like an Aboriginal child and youth worker or an addictions worker.

The program is for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners alike.

Tuition and financial aid

Refer to the program tuition fee chart to find out how much a Bow Valley College career program will cost. Attend a financial aid information session for advice on how to pay for your education.

Note: All learners registered in a Justice Studies Diploma program must write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one of their program.

 

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements
  • High school diploma with credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
Or
  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test, that consists of five tests, with a minimum score in the following sections
  • Writing Skills: 520 minumum standard score
  • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score

Or

  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test

 

English language proficiency requirements

Note: Future career and volunteer opportunities within justice will be negatively impacted for individuals who have any criminal convictions for which they have not yet received pardon or record suspension, or have any criminal charges that remain pending or awaiting disposition from the courts. It is unlikely that Justice Studies graduates who have a criminal history will have any advantage when competing for employment. Applicants with more questions are advised to contact the Justice Studies programs coordinator.

***IMPORTANT NOTE*** During the program, learners will be visiting various facilities (such as correctional facilities). It is important to note that learner attendance and participation during these visits are considered when determining overall grades. Some of these agencies and organizations will deny access to anyone who has either been criminally charged, or has a criminal record.


 
Transferability

Graduates of this program may be granted credits towards block transfer to: 

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Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change.  

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the roles of culture, perception, and listening therein. They practice verbal, nonverbal, conversational, and computer-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication within personal and professional contexts.

Course Delivery:
In Class

A study of Canada's Criminal Justice System in the sequence as seen by an offender who traverses it. The structure and jurisdictions of the three levels of government involved are examined, together with the development, role and functions of the police and other agencies, the courts, sentencing philosophies, correctional institutions, community corrections, and diversion. Also considered are discretion, limitations of authority, and the decision points throughout the system.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

This course is designed to teach students the benefits of fitness while improving their level of fitness. It serves as preparation for subsequent physical education courses or for physically demanding professions. This course includes a variety of fitness training activities, sports, and wellness topics. Students will be required to develop their own personalized fitness program. Team building in an enjoyable exercise climate will be emphasized.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

This course provides a comprehensive, introductory overview of sociology as a developing discipline. Topics include human social development, culture, diversity, and social trends, with a focus on where Canada fits in a global society. You will learn how people's positions in society shape their lives, and how people adjust to their social and cultural environments.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This first-year composition course provides students with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, students develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. Students learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

Career ElectivesChoose One (1) of the following electives:

This course examines multiculturalism and its relationship to the criminal justice system in Canada. Among the issues discussed are the recognition, acceptance, and affirmation of ethnic, racial, and religious diversity within the framework of Canada's policy of multiculturalism. Particular emphasis is placed on Aboriginal history and traditions. Special attention is focused on the application of these issues to policing, corrections, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. Students will have the opportunity to develop the sensitivities and skills which will assist them in understanding and working with different cultures, and to be responsive to the needs and expectations of culturally diverse communities.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course is designed to help learners become critically aware of the economic, social, and political environment within which they will eventually work. It will examine the process by which health, social policy, and justice policy, is developed in Canada and encourages reflection upon the ways social policy impacts our lives.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class Blended

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

This course focuses on report writing and memorandum writing. Learners will study business writing in the format of email writing and letter writing. Resume writing and job application writing will be examined in depth. Learners will also focus on narrative report writing, occurrence report writing, and notebook writing. Learners will examine how to create and facilitate a workshop. The structure of speech, the sentence, word usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar will be explored in detail.
Prerequisites: ENGL1101 or ENGL1201

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course introduces sociology of the family while developing a greater command of sociological imagination from various sociological perspectives. In addition, this course provides learners with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and substantive issues in the sociological study of families. Issues dealt with include: how changes in the Canadian and global economies impact the definition of family; how the idea of family impacts the society's order; or whether common attitudes and beliefs about families can be proven empirically. As issues arise, learners explore demographic trends; examine how the challenges faced by families are social issues; and weigh common attitudes and stereotypes about families. Learners challenge the social practices, perceptions, and experiences related to families that are often taken for granted as "common sense", inevitable, or natural reality.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This course gives students a basic understanding of the diverse field of psychology. Attention is given to the scientific method, physiological factors, sleeping, dreaming, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, personality, and social psychology. Developmental factors of the lifespan are explored along with the development and treatment of psychopathology.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This course is an introduction to the major theoretical concepts, both historical and in the modern day, which provide explanations of crime, criminals, and criminality. The relationships with other sciences, and also between theory and practice, are included. Scientific foundations for a modern criminal policy will be discussed.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online In Class

Career ElectivesChoose One (1) of the following electives:

This course offers an introduction to the challenges faced by individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, their families, support workers, and the community. Topics include terminology, assessment/diagnostic processes, and primary and secondary characteristics as they present across the lifespan. Emphasis is on components and functions of the brain and the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on attention, memory, cognition, language, sensory perception, social emotional behaviours and impulsivity.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online

This course introduces learners to basic counselling skills. As such, it is designed to help learners develop essential helping skills needed for client engagement, follow-through, completion and overall therapeutic effectiveness. Specific skills and techniques covered include; developing rapport, building empathy and listening, encouraging trust, self-disclosure, immediacy, questioning and evoking, addressing discrepancies, etc. It will also take a look at the theories behind effective techniques such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, person centered and solution focus therapies. This course is highly experiential in its format. Learners will participate in classroom exercises, role playing and receiving feedback from Instructors and peers.

Course Delivery:
In Class Any-time Online

This course explores the development of Canadian political institutions and political issues in Canada. The learner will learn about contemporary Canadian politics by examining the evolution of federalism, the Constitution, parliament, aboriginal and minority rights, the welfare state, multiculturalism, and similar topics. The course focuses on teaching critical thinking and writing skills by testing normative and empirical theories against Canadian historical and contemporary evidence.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course provides a critical feminist examination of embodied lives in differing social locations. The course challenges the traditional dichotomies of mind/body, culture/nature, and public/private in the treatment of such topics as the feminization of poverty; sexualities, reproduction and family life; violence against women; women and religion; and culture and body image.

Course Delivery:

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

Learners examine the major psychological disorders, focusing on clinical description, causal factors (considering the interaction of biological, psychological, and social influences), treatment, and outcomes. Learners develop a working definition of abnormal behavior using the DSM-5 criteria as a basis for classification.
Prerequisites: PSYC1101

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This course is an overview of Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Historical and current issues are covered, including languages, stories of origin, different band treaties, and current issues of ownership over land, water and governance.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

The focus in this course is on the Canadian legal system and its relationship to current Aboriginal populations. This course examines the intergenerational effects of the residential schools and how colonization impacts Aboriginal peoples today. Learners will also analyze the intention behind governmental treaties as well as the effect of legislation like Bill C31 (Indian Act) and the effects of national publications like the Royal Commission Report on Aboriginal Peoples or the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course explores the fundamental principles that inform traditional native North American justice systems and how those principles compare to values underpinning the traditional Canadian justice system. As the similarities and differences between the two systems are established, focus shifts to the evolution of both the Aboriginal and Canadian systems. With the backdrop of system evolution, learners will consider the diverse challenges faced by Aboriginal Justice workers in the application of traditional processes within Aboriginal Justice.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Career ElectivesChoose One (1) of the following electives:

This course will provide students the opportunity to examine how drugs influence behaviours and actions, and the current trends of drug use in society. This course will also provide students with an awareness of drugs and the signs of drug use.

Course Delivery:
Blended

This course will increase learners' awareness and understanding of the theories, practical skills, and broader issues that guide the work of addictions workers. Learners will be invited to reflect on their beliefs and values to develop a professional practice that draws on and respects the richness and depth of Canada's multicultural society. Participants will begin to explore various types of addictions and their impact on the addiction field. The course will demonstrate the breadth and diversity of addictions treatment theory, and how this is expressed in practice in the current world of addiction treatment.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course will examine various media, and the coverage provided to crime and criminality. Students will review the correlation between media coverage and public opinion regarding crime. The suggestion that the community has a market-driven appetite for coverage of news stories about crime will be explored in detail.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course examines correctional systems in Canadian society. The history of corrections, the role of corrections in contemporary society, and the interrelationships between the various components (including community-based corrections, correctional centres, and parole) will be covered. Correctional treatment and after care will be reviewed.
Prerequisites: JUST1101

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course will provide learners with specific skill sets for working with youth. The learner will examine assessment, intervention, and evaluation processes. Cognitive-behavioural intervention will be explored to understand how shifting thought patterns can change behaviour and emotions. Learners will explore how to emphasize the strengths of their youth clients and to reinforce pro-social behaviour. These skill sets will then be explored in the contexts of residential facilities, day treatment, corrections, and therapeutic care.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course covers the definition and control of crime by young people through an investigation of the evolution of law as it is applied to young people in Canada. The emphasis is on a detailed analysis of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, including an exploration of the roles of police, courts, correctional agencies, and community in dealing with young crime.
Prerequisites: JUST1101

Course Delivery:
In Class

The course will provide detailed review of the role of a correctional officer within a correctional centre environment. Security procedures, offender management skills and issues confronting corrections officers will be studied and, where appropriate, practical application will be provided.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

This course involves the exploration of the concepts of living a balanced life according the Medicine Wheel in the areas of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. By incorporating wellness activities the learners will learn how to support clients on their journey of healing.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course prepares learners to adapt to unique cultural sensitivities regarding the teachings of Elders, sacred objects, and traditions. Learners will apply the principles of intercultural competence and ceremony to work through judicial challenges. In addition, the course explores community networks and potential resources available to the Aboriginal Justice worker in addressing issues such as conflict resolution. During the course, learners will visit various First Nations reserves to investigate alternate dispute resolution strategies and assess the impact cultural values on the graduate workplace.

Course Delivery:

This course will delve into the trends and issues facing learners as they transition from learner roles to the graduate roles. A strong emphasis will be placed on professional roles and responsibilities in general, and in particular, preparing graduates for lifelong learning in the Aboriginal Justice environment. Learners will gain knowledge of leadership skills, change, and conflict management that will apply to their potential future workplace. Legal, ethical, and management concepts will be integrated into the course, with the expectation that learners apply these principles to prepare for and participate in the workforce.

Course Delivery:

This course involves a brief look at the evolution of criminal law and the history and structure of the Criminal Code. An examination of basic constitutional law, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provides the student with an understanding of some limitations in criminal procedures. Emphasis is placed on gaining a great deal of familiarity with the Criminal Code as stature law, including interpretation, understanding, and applicability of much of the criminal procedural requirements contained therein.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Career ElectivesChoose One (1) of the following electives:

This course takes an in-depth look at drugs and their impact on body, mind, and behaviour. Learners begin with an introduction to how the relevant body systems work, and then address substances by category and by individual drug to understand their history, appeal, risks, and impact. Emphasis is given to processes of dependence and withdrawal. With knowledge of addiction physiology, support workers have insight into the mechanisms of craving, and are able to promote more effective physical and mental recovery.

Course Delivery:

Building on the analysis of personal fitness, this course emphasizes issues of health and wellness. Leaners will undertake an evaluation of personal life choices including nutrition, activity, and attitude. Considerations of personal health and wellness are included in the design of future learning in support of life/work balance.

Course Delivery:

This course begins with a brief review of offender classification. The focus is on the identification of offender groups and the development of appropriate responses within the correctional contexts. Among groups studied are: gang members, females, visible minorities, and violent offenders.

Course Delivery:

This course will provide a detailed review of the role casework plays in dealing effectively with individuals who require legal intervention due to criminal behavior. A thorough understanding of the purpose of casework, the specific procedures involved along with the practical application through case studies will be provided.

Course Delivery:

This course will provide learners with an overview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant legal sources, as well as providing a study of ethics. The issues of ethics, honesty, truth, freedom, harm, equality, and justice will be explored as theoretical concepts and through case studies. These ethical issues will be further explored in relation to human rights legislation and codes of conduct and ethics, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Code of Conduct. Learners will examine work related stressors and how to effectively manage such stressors. Learners will also explore decision making skills and discretion as a justice worker.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course is designed to provide an overview of the physical, social, emotional and cognitive developmental changes that occur during adolescence. An emphasis will be placed on individual aspects of development, the contexts and social spheres that shape adolescent development and transitions of adolescence.
Prerequisites: PSYC1101

Course Delivery:
In Class

Program FAQs

This is a two-year (four-term) Diploma program with an optional non-credit fifth term (field work placement).

The program is offered full-time or part-time, primarily in-class at the Calgary downtown campus. Classes normally take place between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Some of the courses are available online.

The Justice Studies Diploma program allows you to specialize in Youth Justice, Law Enforcement, Correctional Studies, Aboriginal Focus, or General Justice. All Justice Studies learners take the same set of courses in Year 1 and take courses specific to their specialization in Year 2.

 

Learners must declare a specialization in order to graduate. Learners may declare a specialization after completing one term of the program by filling out a declaration form.

Yes, acceptance into this non-credit field work program is competitive and learners must complete the application process to be considered.

Through an active job search, learners bridge their classroom studies with practical paid and/or unpaid experience in their field of study during the Spring/Summer term directly following the successful completion of the Justice Studies Diploma program.

All learners who choose to complete the optional field work placement term must write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in term one of their program. Successful achievement of the TOWES credential is one prerequisite for field work placement eligibility.

 

You must meet the admission requirements exactly as they are written. If you do not have both the high school diploma and the English requirement, then you must meet the GED or Admissions Testing requirements. 

 

Future career and volunteer opportunities within justice will be negatively impacted for individuals who have any criminal convictions for which they have not yet received a pardon or record suspension, or who have any criminal charges that remain pending or awaiting disposition from the courts. It is unlikely that Justice Studies graduates who have a criminal history will have any advantage when competing for employment.

***IMPORTANT NOTE*** During the program, learners will be visiting various facilities (such as correctional facilities). It is important to note that learner attendance and participation during these visits are considered when determining overall grades. Some of these agencies and organizations will deny access to anyone who has either been criminally charged, or has a criminal record

 

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