Criminal and Social Justice Certificate
This certificate program is delivered fully online or in a combination of face-to-face and online courses and is is awarded to students who successfully complete the one year certificate curriculum, a total of 30 credits.
The program is designed to prepare you for a potential career in the field of criminal or social justice or to further post-secondary education such as a bachelor degree.
This program starts in September each year. Part-time students applying in the Winter or Spring semester should select University General Studies as their program when applying.
In the criminal and social justice diploma program, you will:
- Study theories of human and social behavior, criminal justice system and cultural and institutional roots of crime and deviance
- Learn about oppression and marginalization and will further their understanding of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge
- Develop effective skills in cross-cultural relations, communication, conflict resolution and crisis intervention.
- Be provided opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to further your post-secondary education or to prepare for a potential career within the field of criminal and social justice.
|Introduction to Criminology
|Introduction to Psychology 1
|Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
|Advanced Professional Communications
|Introduction to Sociology 2: Social Institutions
|Introduction to Indigenous Studies
|Chosen from list below:
Note: Must choose PSYC 102 if completing the diploma program
One elective from the following:
|CRIM 103 / PSYC 103
|Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (offered in Winter Semester) (for diploma stream, this is required in second year).
|Introduction to Addictions (offered in Spring Semester) (for diploma stream, this can be an elective in the second year)
|Diploma stream requires this course be taken in year 1 Winter Semester
Total Credits: 30
Year 1 – Semester 1 – Fall
CRIM-101 – Introduction to Criminology
Students are introduced to the discipline of criminology and the study of crime. They study several criminological theories and perspectives (historical, Indigenous, sociological, biological, psychological and critical) which provide explanations of crime and criminal behaviour. Additionally, students explore various typologies of crime as well as topics such as crime statistics, crime correlates and trends, crime and the media, fear of crime, and victims of crime. They critically examine current issues and matters related to crime in Canada.
ENGL-100 – English Composition
English 100 focuses on composition strategies for writing across academic disciplines. Over the course of the term, students will develop an awareness of how rhetorical situations affect composition and refine their understanding of the fundamentals of essay writing (and clear communication more broadly), including paragraphing, thesis statements, essay structure, and citation methods. Students will also learn the fundamentals of critical thinking and analysis, persuasive writing techniques (including rhetorical appeals and modes), scholarly research, and academic reading.
PSYC-101 – Introduction to Psychology 1
This course provides an introduction to the history, principles, and methods of psychology. Topics may include the brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and memory, thinking and language, and states of consciousness.
HSWR-211 – Conflict Resolution
This course provides students with an introduction to the theory, process, and skills of conflict resolution in child, youth, and family related conflicts. The course will introduce students to the core elements of conflict, restorative justice, mediation, and negotiation, and will provide the opportunity for students to develop skills for negotiating personal and professional disputes.
HSWR-212 – Crisis Intervention
This course provides the student with an introduction to the theory and practical day to day procedures of crisis intervention. Students may be exposed to crisis topics common to a variety of helping profession disciplines, including counseling, education, and social work.
Year 1 – Semester 2 – Winter
CRIM-131 – Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
This course involves a critical examination of the structure and operation of the Canadian criminal justice system that responds to crime and criminal behaviour: the police, courts and corrections. This course also examines the relationship between these agencies and the impacts and implications of the system. An emphasis is placed on experiential and interactive learning where students will engage with various individuals involved in the system. This course also includes an introduction to Indigenous justice models, community and restorative justice.
COMC-102 – Advanced Professional Communication
This course presents the written and oral communication strategies required in any workplace environment. Students gain practical experience that centers on gathering, summarizing and critically assessing information to produce professional documents. Students will also gain a better understanding on how basic design elements enhance the readability of workplace documents and online communication. This course also focuses on helping students develop speaking skills appropriate to informal and formal presentations and interviews.
SOCI-102 – Introduction to Sociology 2: Social Institutions
This introductory course examines the major social institutions and social processes in contemporary society, and examines the central theoretical perspectives in sociology: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, feminism, and postmodernism. Topics include: Family, Education, Religion, Mass Media, Economy and Work, Power, Politics and Government, Social Class and Stratification, Global Stratification, and Collective Behaviour, Social Movements and Social Change.
INDG-101 – Introduction to Indigenous Studies
This is a foundational course which introduces the interdisciplinary field of Indigenous Studies. Students examine documents developed by/for/and with Indigenous Peoples. The emphasis is on Indigenous Peoples’ experiences within Canada and BC specifically, and in relationship to the global community. Students will be introduced to Place Based approaches in order to understand the current historical, political, social, cultural and spiritual context of Truth and Reconciliation from Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives.
Choose one elective from the following:
- Must choose PSYC 102 if completing the diploma program and requires this course be taken in year 1 Winter Semester.
- CRIM 103/ PSYC 103 (offered in Winter Semester) (for diploma stream, this is required in second year)
- HSWR 214 (offered in Spring Semester) (for diploma stream, this can be an elective in the second year)
CRIM-103 – Psychological Explanations of Criminal And Deviant Behaviour
This course is an introduction to biological, psychiatric, psychological and social/environmental explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour. Students will also delve into the field of forensic psychology. This course explores specific types of behaviours such as violent offences (homicide), sexual offences and family violence through a psychological lens. The unique nature and needs of Indigenous, female, youth, and mentally ill offenders will also be explored.
HSWR-214 – Introduction to Addictions
This course provides the learner with an overview of current practice, theories and models in the field of substance use. Topics include: models of addiction, assessment, intervention and treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse; the impact of substance use on the individual, family and society in general; and ethical issues and challenges for practitioners.
PSYC-102 – Introduction to Psychology 2
This course is a continuation of PSYC 101. Topics may include development across the lifespan, intelligence, motivation, emotion, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social behavior.
- Secondary school graduation or equivalent.
- Minimum 65% in either English First Peoples 12, ENGL 090, or equivalent.
Tuition and Fees for Domestic Students:
For the 2023/24 academic year (2023/SU, 2023/FA, 2024/WI, 2024/SP)
|Student Association Fee:
|Bus Pass Fee:
|Health and Dental Fee:
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
Tuition and Fees for International Students:
For the 2023/24 academic year (2023/SU, 2023/FA, 2024/WI, 2024/SP)
|Student Association Fee
|Bus Pass Fee
|Health and Dental Fee
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
Criminal and Social Justice Certificate – Block Transfer Agreements
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University
|Faculty of Arts – up to 30 credits.
Note: For transfer details please see the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Calendar or visit the BC Transfer Guide website.
Block Transfer Agreements with Other Institutions, Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Science, Health & Human Services
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