Location
Start Dates

  • August 29, 2019
  • September 01, 2020
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $8,134
International: CAD $24,135
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $3,100

We are no longer accepting applications for the August 2019 intake.

Program Description

This diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career within corrections. Correctional Studies graduates are currently in high demand across the province. 
This is a two-year (four-term) diploma program with an optional non-credit fifth term (field work placement).

Potential careers in correctional studies:

Professions

Correctional peace officer
Correctional service worker
Probation officer
Community corrections officer
Sheriff
Reintegration worker
Remand/attendance centre worker
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 the Justice Studies Diploma program are encouraged to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in term one of their program. 

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Course Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Prospective Student Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • 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 minimum standard score
  • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
 Or
  
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 Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Prospective Student Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change.  

Year 1

Common CoursesCredit

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 A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place at times and locations of the learners own choosing through the use of online communications technologies. Learners are NOT required to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course focuses on the theories, practical skills, and broader issues to guide work in the field of addictions. Learners reflect on their beliefs and values to develop a professional practice drawing upon and respects the richness and depth of Canada's multicultural society and special populations. Learners explore the types of addictions, the breadth of addiction treatment theory, and how theory informs addiction treatment practice.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course provides an overview of Canadian civil and criminal law, its history, and structure. The civil law component provides the learner with foundational knowledge of the operation civil legal systems and the interests involved. The course explores Canadian criminal law through the examination of constitutional law, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the substantive and procedural law contained in the Criminal Code. Learners then examine legal concepts and systems from the perspectives of corrections, youth justice, and Indigenous populations.

Course Delivery

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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

Course Delivery
Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course provides an introductory overview of the discipline of Sociology. Learners explore human behavior, stratification, social institutions, and sociological theory and methods. Learners examine how social positions shape lives, and how people adjust to social and cultural environments.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This introductory course provides learners with a basic understanding and overview of the field of psychology. Attention is given to major psychological perspectives and the fundamentals of scientific thinking, biological factors, cognitive processes, social and cultural influences, personality, psychological disorders, and human motivation. Learners are encouraged to apply what they learn to their own lives and the world around them.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Year 2 - Correctional Studies Specialization Courses

Correctional Studies Specialization CoursesCredit

In this course, learners will examine a broad range of trauma and abuse issues in the lives of families, children and youth. The role of the practitioner in assessing the indicators of trauma, reporting abuse, and providing support and referral will be examined from practice and policy perspectives. The course will also explore how our attitudes, values, and experiences affect our perceptions and judgments when dealing with the subjects of trauma and abuse.

Course Delivery

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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 A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course covers general aspects of Canadian law as it applies to the field of corrections, as well as Acts and Regulations specific to corrections. Expectations of correctional staff in light of the Charter of Rights and Criminal Code are reviewed, together with the application of common case law to corrections. Specific legislation covered in the course includes the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Prison and Reformatories Act, Provincial corrections act, FOIP, and Victimrelated legislation. Current legal issues in corrections will be explored.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course examines the theoretical foundations of crisis and crisis intervention. Using case studies, learners apply and evaluate crisis models used in various stressful situations that have the potential to become a state of crisis. The course focuses on advocacy and support for people in crisis through the use of communication and intervention strategies.

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

Electives

Electives

Choose one course at the 1000 level, and two courses at the 2000 level from the list below:

  • ADDC1302 - Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction
  • CYCR2401 - Indigenous Child, Youth and Family Work
  • ENGL1011 - Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • FASD1301 - Brain Function and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • FASD1401 - The Justice System and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • HMSV1103 - Working from Indigenous Perspectives with Elders' Teachings
  • HMSV1501 - Introduction to Counselling
  • POLS1010 - Canadian Politics: Institutions and Issues
  • PSYC1202 - Child and Adolescent Development
  • HMSV2101 - Teachings from the Land
  • HMSV2301 - Healthy Lifestyles via the Medicine Wheel
  • HMSV2501 - Social Policy
  • HMSV2502 - Facilitating Groups
  • PSYC2401 - Abnormal Psychology
  • WMST2010 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • JUST2102 - Intervention Strategies with Youth
  • JUST2103 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • JUST2104 - Introduction to Forensic Science
  • JUST2202 - Criminal Law in Canada
  • JUST2203 - Youth and the Law
  • JUST2205 - The History of the Canadian Justice System and Indigenous Peoples
  • JUST2301 - Media and Justice
  • JUST2303 - Indigenous Intervention Techniques, Networks and Resources
  • JUST2304 - Crisis Management for Law Enforcement
  • JUST2401 - Mental Health and Wellness
  • JUST2502 - Role of the Youth Justice Worker
  • JUST2503 - Canadian Criminal Procedure
  • JUST2601 - Drug Awareness and Consequences
  • JUST2607 - Interviewing and Investigations
  • JUST2608 - Traditional Indigenous Justice
  • JUST2609 - Current Indigenous Justice Issues Through Arts

Program FAQs

Bow Valley College Career Services exists to connect employers with Bow Valley College learners, alumni, and clients.


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

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.

 

No appointment is needed to visit the Prospective Student Centre. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. Or, you can drop us an email at info@bowvalleycollege.ca.

International students should contact the International Education Office at international@bowvalleycollege.ca or call 403-410-3476.

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.

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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