Location
Start Dates

  • September 01, 2021
Duration

4Terms

Program Delivery

  • In Class
  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,329
International: CAD $25,652
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $2,400

 

Program Description

This diploma will provide you with a solid foundation in Canadian justice to help you make a difference in Aboriginal society. Upon completion of this diploma, you will be ready to apply your learning in a variety of justice contexts.

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

Potential careers in justice with an Aboriginal Focus

The purpose of the Aboriginal Focus specialization is to prepare you for careers in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal justice sectors.

These job opportunities are diverse. You can work in organizations and agencies like correctional facilities or the RCMP. You can work in roles like an Aboriginal child and youth worker or an addictions worker.

The program is for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners alike.

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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Domestic Applicants

Welcome 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: 

  • 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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Course Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Welcome 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

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.

Course Delivery
Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 scheduled or non-scheduled online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class and/or online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of non-scheduled and scheduled 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 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

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.

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.

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

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 non-scheduled and scheduled 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 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.

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 non-scheduled and scheduled 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 - Aboriginal Focus Specialization Courses

Aboriginal Focus Specialization CoursesCredit

This course is an introduction to Indigenous cultural experience and perspectives. Learners analyze the foundations for stereotypes, bias and false narratives that impact Indigenous ways of being in Canada. Learners consider how legal and social policy impacts Indigenous identity. Euro-Canadian perspectives and beliefs toward Indigenous people are discussed. Learners explore the experience and Indigenous worldview in the Canadian context.

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.

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.

Course Delivery

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.

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.

There is a long, historical relationship between the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the Canadian justice system. The relationship is defined by treaties, laws, and colonization policies. This course examines the original intents behind the treaties, laws, and policies and the effects they have had on Indigenous peoples. In addition, this course examines the historical roots behind critical events such as the national publication of the Royal Commission Report on Aboriginal Peoples, the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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 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 explores the fundamental principles that inform traditional Indigenous justice systems and how those principles compare to values underpinning the Canadian justice system. As the similarities and differences between the two systems are established, focus shifts to the critical Indigenous perspective on impacts of the processes of colonization, domination, assimilation, and reconciliation. Learners will consider the challenges of engaging Indigenous praxis in 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.

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

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
  • PSYC1202 - Child and Adolescent Development
  • JUST2101 - Introduction to Corrections
  • JUST2102 - Intervention Strategies with Youth I
  • JUST2103 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • JUST2201 - Correctional Law
  • JUST2203 - Youth and the Law
  • JUST2205 - The History of the Canadian Justice System and Indigenous Peoples
  • JUST2302 - Crisis Intervention and Communication
  • JUST2303 - Indigenous Intervention Techniques, Networks and Resources
  • JUST2304 - Crisis Management for Law Enforcement
  • JUST2502 - Role of the Youth Justice Worker
  • JUST2503 - Canadian Criminal Procedure
  • JUST2604 - Correctional Casework
  • JUST2607 - Interviewing and Investigations
  • JUST2608 - Traditional Indigenous Justice
  • JUST2609 - Current Indigenous Justice Issues Through Arts
  • JUST2610 - Community Corrections and Restorative Justice

Program FAQs

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

The Justice Studies Diploma program allows you to specialize in 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.

 

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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