Location
Start Dates

  • September 01, 2020
  • September 01, 2021
Duration

4Terms

Program Delivery

  • In Class
  • Blended
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,082
International: CAD $21,969
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 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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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


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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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.

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 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.

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 - 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.

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.

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.
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 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 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

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 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.

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
  • 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

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 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 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 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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