Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 60

Year One

Courses Credits
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CRIM 1115 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various components of the Canadian Criminal Justice System (CJS), the roles of its principle participants, the interaction between the components, and some of the issues which both facilitate and complicate the administration of justice in Canada. The course will also focus on special topics that include: Youth, Natives and Women in the CJS; the Charter and the CJS; and the changing role of the corrections and the Criminal Justice System. Finally, there will be an in-depth examination of the Donald Marshall Jr. case and the subsequent Royal Commission inquiry into the Marshall case.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 1116 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

General introduction to jurisprudence, sources and divisions of law, the development of the Canadian Constitution, major legal institutions, doctrines of Precedent and Stare Decisis, the rules and principles of statutory interpretation, and significant areas of substantive law.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 1125 Introduction to Criminology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to criminology as an academic discipline and as a profession. The course will examine different terms and concepts commonly used in criminology; explore the relationship between criminology and other academic disciplines; provide an overview of the history and evolution of criminological thought; and develop a critical appraisal of theoretical explanations, research methods, and the philosophical and political foundations of modern criminological policy.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 1216 Criminal Law
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

General introduction to the nature, scope, sources, and general principles of Criminal Law in Canada. Review of the history and evolution of Canadian Criminal Law. Study of the concepts of Mens Rea and Actus Reus. Critical examination of legislative policies expressed in the Criminal Code. Analysis of criminal responsibility. Review of legal principles in relation to selected major crimes and defences in Canada.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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POLI 1100 Introduction to Government and Politics
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of government and politics. It examines the major methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process.

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PSYC 1115 Introduction to Biological, Cognitive, and Developmental Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to theories, methods, and research findings of modern psychology. Topics may include but are not limited to research methods, biological bases of behaviour, sensation and perception, development, consciousness, learning, and memory. PSYC 1115 and PSYC 1215 can be taken at the same time or in either order.

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PSYC 1215 Introduction to Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to theories, methods, and research findings of modern psychology. Topics may include but are not limited to thinking, language, intelligence, personality, emotion, stress and health, motivation, social behavior, and psychological disorders and therapies. PSYC 1115 and 1215 can be taken at the same time or in either order.

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SOCI 1120 Introduction to Sociology: Models and Concepts
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

What is the social world and our place in it? Students examine a wide range of concepts, theories, and issues that shape reciprocal relationships between society and the individual. Subjects may include culture, socialization, social interaction, groups and organizations, sexuality and society, mass media, deviance and crime, and forms of social inequality such as global and class stratification, and race and ethnic relations.Note: SOCI 1120 and 1121 may be taken in any order, or concurrently, as they are complementary first-year courses.

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CRIM 1215 Introduction to Policing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will examine many issues affecting policing in Canada. Time will be spent tracing the historical underpinnings of the Canadian policing experience and reviewing how these events dictated and confused the mandate of the police officer. Contemporary issues to be explored will include the selection, training, and promoting of officers; the types of police work, specifically the patrol and detective functions; community policing; police powers; discretion; police misconduct; the police sub-culture; and the police organization.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2315 Introduction to Corrections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with various theoretical and practical issues facing the corrections arm of the Canadian Criminal Justice System. Included in the course will be an exploration of the historical underpinning of Canadian corrections as well as its role and present structure. This course will examine sentencing options available to the judiciary and their impact on the operations of corrections. In addition, this course will explore relevant issues relating to life as an inmate or a correctional officer within the present system.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of Level 4 in Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have post-secondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students read and analyze a variety of texts in order to develop techniques of research, critical thinking, close reading, and clear writing in an academic context. Course readings, which include a selection of scholarly articles, are drawn from at least three academic disciplines. By exploring and responding to a range of topics, students develop a foundation for post-secondary writing.Students will only receive credit for one of ENGL 1123, 1127, or 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; or a minimum "C" grade in three credits of university-transferrable English.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1126, 1127, or 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required. Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1127, or 1128.Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12, or equivalent.

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30 Credits

Term Notes:

  • It is recommended that students take CRIM 1115 and 1116 in the first term as they are foundational courses and may be required as prerequisites for later CRIM courses.
  • It is recommended that students take CRIM 1125, PSYC 1115, 1215, and ENGL 1123, 1127, or 1128 as early as possible in the first year as they are foundational courses and/or may be required as prerequisites for Year Two courses.

Year Two

Courses Credits
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CMNS 1118 Written Communications
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Training in writing skills, with emphasis on business writing in a career context. Writing projects include: memos, letters, reports, resumes, and employment correspondence.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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CRIM 1220 Research Methods in Criminology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course provides students with an overview of research methods typically used in criminology and other social science disciplines. The course will cover both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Topics include the practice of social science research; ethics of research; data gathering strategies; and how to analyze data and present results in a written report. This course does not involve statistical analysis; a background in mathematics is not required.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of 4 in Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, 1116, 1125, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have post-secondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2103 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students examine biogenetic, psychiatric, and psychological explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour and the psychological theories of crime and deviance that have marked the development of the discipline of criminology. Biological and situational factors will be considered, as will mental disorders, substance abuse, and the construction of psychological and psychiatric problems (psychopathy/sociopathy). Students scrutinize the psychological processes underlying specific types of criminal and deviant behaviour. Prevention, intervention, assessment, and treatment approaches will be contemplated. Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of 4 in the Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; or a minimum "C" grade in one of ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, 1116, 1125, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisites requirements but have post-secondary, university-transferrable credits, or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2295 Special Topics in Criminology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

The special topics course will focus on a defined subject within the field of criminology. The course content will change from semester to semester and will depend upon the specific expertise and interest of the instructor and the current issues in criminology. Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of Level 4 in Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, 1125, 1116, 1215, 1216, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have post-secondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course. Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2316 Criminal Law and Court Procedure
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Critical examination of selected topics in criminal procedure and evidence, including cross-national comparisons where appropriate. Detailed examination of the impact of the Charter of Rights on criminal procedure and admissibility of evidence. Review of various procedures contained in the Young Offenders Act and selected regulatory legislation.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of Level 4 in Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have post-secondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2417 Ethics and Professional Issues in Justice and Law
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students will examine various ethical and other issues which affect professionals in the fields of justice and law. Students will review relationships with clients, the public, the government, employers and other professionals. Professional codes of conduct and government and legal regulation will be referred to. Topics will include confidentiality, conflicts of interest and duty, ethics in research and in decision-making, and use and abuse of power, as well as others of interest to students in the course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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PHIL 1100 Introduction to Philosophy: (Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy)
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to a variety of the classic responses to the question "How should I conduct my life?" Some of the major themes discussed are happiness, moral goodness, rights, obligation, freedom.

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SOCI 2205 Sociology of Deviance
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Most people would not consider themselves as deviants as they would assume it refers to criminal behaviour. However, the fact is that everyone is a deviant in some way because deviance is both relative and socially constructed. Students examine sociological theories of deviance, focusing on their application to contemporary issues such as the relationship between crime and deviance and gender inequality, racism, and class discrimination. In addition, students explore areas such as sexual deviance, sociopathy, and crimes of power with a focus on understanding their role and impact on both the individual and society. Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: ANTH 1120, SOCI 1120, 1121, or 1127.

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ABST 1200 Criminal Justice and Aboriginal People
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course surveys the history of the application of criminal law with respect to Aboriginal people. This course examines the impact of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Justice System on Aboriginal life in Canada while focusing on contemporary conditions and the potential for reform.

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ABST 1116 Aboriginal Women in Canada
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course explores Aboriginal women in Canada from both historic and contemporary perspectives. A holistic and interactive approach will be used.

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ANTH 1400 Forensic Anthropology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Forensic Anthropology deals with human remains resulting from unexplained deaths, including skeletal and fossil remains from the archaeological and palaeontological records. This course focuses primarily on the recovery and analysis of skeletal human remains, explaining methodologies by which they can provide data for the medico-legal system (the courts). Foci of the course emphasize field recovery and laboratory analysis.

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PSYC 2326 Psychological Disorders and Mental Health
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this course, students review a number of psychological disorders as outlined in the current edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and/or other classification systems. Students will examine the mental and behavioural characteristics of various disorders, their possible causes, and treatments from a broad range of theoretical perspectives. The interconnection of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural forces (the BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL model) provides the foundation for this exploration. Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215.

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SOCI 1127 Social Problems
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An examination of social structures and processes involving problems in personal and institutional adjustments. Topics include crime and delinquency, familial disruption, emotional disturbance, prejudice and discrimination, joblessness, poverty, and institutional conflict in Canadian society.

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SOCI 2225 Crime, Punishment and the Penal System
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Crime and punishment seem to be a constant in contemporary society, but few people understand the philosophical and historical processes that created our current system of justice and penality. In this course, students explore both classical and modern theories and research to understand the development of our contemporary penal system, and then use this knowledge to conduct an in-depth sociological analysis of the current Canadian penal and justice system.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in one of the following: ANTH 1120, SOCI 1120, 1121, or 1127.

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STAT 1124 Statistical Methods I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

An introductory course in statistics developed through the concept of randomness for students in social sciences, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, business, etc. Topics will include sampling, experimental design, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, sampling distributions, normal distribution and inferential procedures of estimation and hypothesis testing. This course may be followed by STAT 1224. Students will receive college credit for only one of STAT 1123, 1124, or 1181.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum "C" grade in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Precalculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 12, or Precalculus 12; an "S" grade in MATH 1150; or MDT 053. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CRIM 1213 Women and the Justice System
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will examine historical and contemporary perspectives on women as offenders and victims of crime. The frequency and types of crime committed by women, and against women, will be explored as well as the criminal justice system's response to these issues. Specific emphasis will be given to visible minority women, women in prison, and programs and services designed for female offenders. The course will also highlight women working in the criminal justice system as well as the media's representation of women who come into conflict with the law.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2415 Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with multicultural issues that relate to the administration of justice in Canada. The central issues to be explored are values, belief systems, culture, prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, employment equity, and immigration. Once these issues are understood, an examination will begin into those areas where culture conflicts with the philosophical and legal intent of the criminal justice system.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of Level 4 in Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; or a minimum "C" grade in one of following: ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have post-secondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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CRIM 2416 Law, Youth, and Young Offenders
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this course, students will analyze the definitions and control mechanisms for youthful misconduct in Canadian society from an historical and in a contemporary context. Included will be an examination of state responses to criminal behaviour of young persons, especially the Young Offenders Act (YOA) and related legislation and case law. Concepts such as "juvenile delinquency" and the "young offender" will be considered.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a score of Level 4 in Langara English Test (LET); an essay score of 30 or higher on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test; or a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129, or 1130; and a minimum "C" grade in one of the following: CRIM 1115, ECON 1119, 1220, 1221, HIST 1116, 1126, PHIL 1100, 1101, POLI 1100, 1119, PSYC 1115, 1215, SOCI 1120, or 1121. Students who do not meet the above prerequisite requirements, but have post-secondary, university-transferable credits or experience may apply to the chair of the Criminal Justice department for permission to take this course.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Criminal Justice (BBA Transfer Option), and Diploma in Criminology.

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30 Credits

Term Notes:

  • Students must obtain a "C" grade in PSYC 1115 and 1215 before they can register in PSYC 2326.
  • Some courses in Year Two require students to have a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1123, 1127, 1128, 1129 or 1130 (or Level 4 on the LET or a minimum essay score of 30 on the LPI) in order to register.

Program Notes:

  • Students are strongly advised to check prerequiste requirments for all the courses that are part of this program.
  • Students must complete all courses in the diploma program with a minimum "C" grade in order to graduate. Exception: Students may be permitted to meet graduation requirements if they have a "C-" grade in no more than one of the program support courses, i.e. courses other than CRIM XXXX.
  • Students interested in completing a degree in criminology should review the program requirements at the university they intend on transferring to when choosing their electives.