- September 01, 2021
- In Class
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $21,969
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $3,100
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:
|Correctional peace officer|
|Correctional service worker|
|Community corrections officer|
|Remand/attendance centre worker|
Tuition and financial aid
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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South Campus – Main Floor
International Learner Applicants
North Campus – Third Floor
- Credit in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
- 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
- Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
English language proficiency requirements
- See English language proficiency requirements for details.
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.
Graduates of this program may be granted credits towards block transfer to:
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree, Criminal Justice; Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree, Governance, Law and Management; Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree, Human Services
- Griffith University – Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Lethbridge College – Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies
- Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
- Justice Institute of British Columbia – Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies
- University of Gloucestershire – Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
College of the Rockies - Students who have completed the Criminal and Social Justice Certificate (CSJC) Program from College of the Rockies may be eligible to transfer into Year II of the Justice Studies Diploma program. Please contact an Advisor for more information on what courses you will have to complete to be eligible.
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North Campus – Third Floor
Curriculum subject to change.
This course provides an overview of Canada's criminal justice system. It focuses on the historical, theoretical, substantive, and procedural aspects of the police, the courts, and corrections as well as how each agency functions in society. Learners examine how these institutions originated and how they are influenced by governmental regulation, private and public oversight, and their underlying philosophies. Learners delve into the relationships between theoretical approaches and criminal justice policy; crime rates and justice statistics; the role of police and their operations; the court system; and corrections.
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.
This course provides learners with the foundations for living a healthy lifestyle. Learners explore core concepts of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and mental health in relation to both occupational and personal goals. In addition to applying health and wellness to personal and professional contexts, learners explore how health and wellness can be applied to workplace populations.
This course focuses on the theories, practical skills, and broader issues to guide work in the field of addiction. Learners reflect on their beliefs and values to develop a professional practice drawing upon and respecting the richness and depth of Canada's multicultural society and special populations. Learners explore the types of addiction, the breadth of addiction treatment theory, and how theory informs addiction treatment practice.
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.
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.
Learners explore principles of interpersonal relationships and communication, considering the importance of self-awareness including such values as empathy, respect, genuineness, and humility therein. Learners practice verbal, nonverbal, emotional, conversational, and technology-mediated messaging necessary for effective communication in personal and professional contexts. Through this exploration and this practice, learners improve their ability to communicate assertively and respectfully with others in various contexts, taking care to understand the social and cultural contexts that affect communication, including the impacts of colonization on Indigenous groups in Canada in relation to interpersonal relationships and communication.
This course focuses on professionalism in report writing and presentations in a justice work setting. Learners build a portfolio through the preparation and presentation of a variety of reports and proposals. Learners critique their writing and presentation skills using peer-to-peer feedback and self- reflection.
Prerequisites: ENGL1101 or ENGL1201
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.
This introductory course provides learners with a basic understanding and an overview of the field of psychology. Attention is given to major psychological perspectives and the fundamentals of scientific thinking, biological factors, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, personality, social influences and human motivation. Learners will be encouraged to apply what they learn to their own lives and the world around them.
Year 2 - Correctional Studies Specialization Courses
Correctional Studies Specialization CoursesCredit
In this course, learners explore a broad range of trauma issues in the lives of individuals, families, children, and youth. Learners examine the role of the practitioner in assessing the indicators of trauma, providing support and referral, and engaging in self-care. Learners explore policies and practices through a trauma-informed framework. Learners explore how attitudes, values, and experiences affect perceptions and judgments when dealing with various types of trauma.
This course provides an introduction to the major historical and contemporary theoretical concepts of crime, criminals, and criminality. The course establishes the theoretical relationship between criminology and other sciences like psychology and sociology. In addition, the course also delves into the use of the physical sciences and explores the effects of their use in criminal matters.
This course examines correctional systems in Canadian society. Particular focus falls on the history of corrections, the role of corrections in contemporary society, and the interrelationship between the various components including community-based corrections, correctional centres, and parole. In addition, correctional treatment and after care will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the formal and informal relationships which exist in correctional organizations and the relationships between staff and inmates in correctional centres.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides an overview of Canada's community corrections field. It focuses on the theoretical, substantive, and procedural aspects of the police, the courts, and corrections and their role in community corrections and restorative justice. Learners examine how these inter-disciplinary agencies play a pivotal role in release, reintegration and risk strategies of offenders in the community. Learners delve into case studies and use critical thinking skills to evaluate and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of diverse offender populations and their specific needs.
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
Bow Valley College Career Services exists to connect employers with Bow Valley College learners, alumni, and clients.
No appointment is needed to visit the Welcome 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students should contact the International Education Office at email@example.com or call 403-410-3476.
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.
Justice Studies - Aboriginal Focus Specialization
The Aboriginal Focus specialization will highlight aboriginal tradition, culture, and community as it relates to the justice system.
Justice Studies - General Justice Specialization
Do you want a career in justice? A Justice Studies Diploma with a General specialization opens doors to many opportunities.
Justice Studies - Law Enforcement Specialization
When you choose to study for a career in law enforcement at Bow Valley College, you are embarking on a pathway to an integral part of the justice system.