Location
Start Dates

  • August 29, 2019
Duration

4Terms

Course Delivery

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

Domestic: CAD $7,743
International: CAD $22,799
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $3,100

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 Canada's Indigenous communities. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing the work of other authors. 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.

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 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 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 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. 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.

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 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.

In this course, learners explore how families are integrated within larger social systems; how patterns of social power and inequality shape Canadian families; as well as how and why the family is critical to the socialization process. The course culminates in the critical assessment of issues affecting families in Canada.

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.

TThis 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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. 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.

This course explores the development of Canadian political institutions and political issues in Canada. Learners explore contemporary Canadian politics by examining concepts such as the evolution of federalism, the Constitution, parliament, elections, Aboriginal and minority rights, and multiculturalism. Learners will apply political science terms and concepts to the analysis of contemporary Canadian political issues.

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 interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to women's and gender studies. Significant historical developments of the women's movement are presented as well as the different theoretical feminist perspectives to explain and challenge the gendered nature of social relations. Through the exploration of texts and social issues, learners critically analyze women's lives in differing social locations based on, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality, and ability.

Course Delivery

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 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.

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 behaviour using the DSM-5 criteria as a basis for classification.
Prerequisites: PSYC1101

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.

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 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 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

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 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 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 examines various types of media and media coverage of justice topics. Learners explore the
correlation between media coverage, public opinion, and the justice system. This course focuses on
traditional and new media, including the effect of social media on justice issues, and individual use of
various social media platforms. Ethical considerations and freedoms in the media are discussed in detail.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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

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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