Location
Start Dates

  • September 01, 2022
Duration

4Terms

Program Delivery

  • In Class
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $9,509
International: CAD $25,359
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $1,900

 

Program Description

You will attain knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the various fields of law enforcement where every day offers unique and exciting challenges.

These skills provide a sound foundation for your career in public and private sector law enforcement. Your instructors will include currently serving and recently retired police officers. They are exemplary instructors committed to learner success.

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

Potential careers in law enforcement
Professions
Police officer
RCMP officer
Bylaw enforcement officer
Commercial vehicle enforcement officer
Calgary Transit Peace officer
 
Tuition and financial aid

Refer to the Program Tuition Fee Chart for an estimate of a Bow Valley College career program. Consider the costs of tuition, additional fees, textbooks, and police information check fees when creating a budget. Attend a financial aid information session for advice on financing a Bow Valley College 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

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.


Transferability

Graduates of this program may be granted credits towards block transfer to: 

  • Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia – Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies
  • Lethbridge College – Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies
  • Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Arts in Justice 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


Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

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.

Through practice and reflection, learners nuture personal and professional relationships using interpersonal communication skills. With a focus on other-oriented communication, learners demonstrate how inequities and power dynamics influence relationships.

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 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 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 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 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.

Term 2

Required 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 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 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.

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.

Term 3

Required 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 a broad overview of the history and the development of modern policing. Police work in a democratic society, police structure of governance, and the current trends in Canadian law enforcement are examined. In addition, legal powers of police and various models of policing will be analyzed in the context of current trends and issues.
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 examines crises and conflicts that law enforcement personnel encounter. Although no two crises or conflicts are the same, learners explore common factors that may be involved, such as stress, mental health, and abuse. In addition, learners examine effective intervention and de-escalation strategies that may be engaged by law enforcement personnel.

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.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

In this course learners explore the function of criminal law in Canada, with a focus on the Criminal Code. Learners examine the Criminal Code of Canada to understand offences described within. Learners practice identifying elements of a case in order to recommend a criminal offense and describe the associated penalty.

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 deals with criminal procedure issues that relate to law enforcement. The course examines the procedural requirements of the criminal justice system as they relate to the role of the law enforcement officer. Activities within that role include: search and seizure, charging, arrest, detention, interrogation, and warrants. The learner analyzes pre-trial procedures and trial processes.

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.

Interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects is fundamental to investigation. Learners explore basic investigative responsibilities and key skills required to conduct effective interviews. They examine case law and statutes to be considered during interviews and interrogations.

Course Delivery

Complete at least 6 credits from the following:

  • CYCR2401 - Indigenous Child, Youth and Family Work
  • FASD1301 - Brain Function and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • HMSV1103 - Working from Indigenous Perspectives with Elders’ Teachings
  • HMSV1501 - Introduction to Counselling
  • HMSV2301 - Healthy Lifestyles via the Medicine Wheel
  • HMSV2501 - Social Policy
  • JUST2101 - Introduction to Corrections
  • JUST2103 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • JUST2104 - Introduction to Forensic Science
  • JUST2201 - Correctional Law
  • JUST2202 - Criminal Law in Canada
  • JUST2203 - Youth and the Law
  • JUST2302 - Crisis Intervention and Communication in Corrections
  • JUST2304 - Crisis Management for Law Enforcement
  • JUST2503 - Canadian Criminal Procedure
  • JUST2604 - Correctional Casework
  • JUST2607 - Interviewing and Investigations
  • JUST2610 - Community Corrections and Restorative Justice
  • JUST2999 - Justice Studies Fieldwork Placement
  • PSYC1202 - Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC2401 - Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCI1201 - Sociology of the Family
  • WGST2101 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

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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