COMM115 – Fundamentals of Effective Interpersonal Communication
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

Successful, healthy, and productive interpersonal relationships form the foundation of Criminal Justice work. This course focuses on building self-awareness, the communication process, and the development of professional communication skills. Prerequisite: None


CRIM115 – Introduction to Criminology
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course examines current theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour and the application of these theories in the Criminal Justice system. This analysis includes biological, psychological, social process, social structure, rational choice, and critical theories of crime causation and treatment. Prerequisite: None


CRIM120 – Physical Abilities and Wellness
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

Fitness and wellness in the criminal justice career are important behaviours for personnel in public and private police organizations, correctional facilities and justice institutions. The course is designed to assist the learner to prepare for the standards set throughout Alberta and Canada for occupational health and well-being. Students explore the concepts of wellness with an emphasis on fitness, stress management, and providing practical strategies for developing sustainable healthy lifestyles. This course will begin with the understanding and building of a plan for fitness as a lifestyle for job performance. Students will conclude this course with the Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (APREP Test), an assessment police and corrections officers may take annually.


CRIM135 – Canadian Criminal Law and the Court System
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course investigates the nature, purpose, sources, and principles of Canadian criminal law. Current policy and specific legislation in the Criminal Code will be examined in detail. The various levels and goals of the courts (federal, provincial, municipal) will be discussed. The major structures of the courts, basic procedures and legal concepts will be explored. A special emphasis will be placed on the criminal court systems. Prerequisite: None.


CRIM145 – Interviewing Skills for Criminal Justice Professionals
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course covers basic interviewing techniques and focuses on various types of interviews. Emphasis is placed on how to effectively communicate in order to obtain statements from complainants, victims and witnesses of all ages and circumstances. Students should be prepared to practice developing skills through role playing and case studies. Prerequisite: None


CRIM155 – Youth, Crime, and the Law
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course examines the nature, purpose, and administration of the youth justice system in Canada. Reviews of the old Juvenile Delinquent Act, Young Offenders Act, and the new Youth Criminal Justice Act, and solutions to delinquency problems will be addressed. Special emphasis will be assigned to the different requirements criminal justice professionals need to know when dealing with young offenders. Prerequisite: None


CRIM165 – Introduction to Law Enforcement
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course examines law enforcement agencies—their function and role in society, their structure and management, their critical operations and tasks. Specific police functions such as arrest, search and seizure; investigation, patrol and surveillance; traffic control; and conflict resolution are closely examined. Emphasis is placed to the training of police officers and to policing as an occupation, designing and planning strategies for police agencies, and related topics. Prerequisite: None.


CRIM185 – Introduction to Corrections
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course offers an analysis of corrections in the Canadian Criminal Justice system and explores the history of punishment, environmental conditions, staff and inmate safety, special needs, gang control strategies, reintegration of offenders, control management, treatment, supervision, and the duties and responsibilities of the correctional system. It will provide students with the base of knowledge as it relates to the correctional setting and the community at large. Special emphasis will be placed on prison gangs and correctional issues including intake, classification, communication and trends. Prerequisite: None


CRIM195 – Domestic & Global Terrorism
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course will begin with a unit looking at widely held myths about terrorism and the challenges in defining terrorism. The students will discover the trends and patterns in terrorist attacks over time and space. The course will then review the psychological factors at play in individual radicalization and recruitment into terrorism, followed by an analysis of terrorist group dynamics. The course will next look to factors that allow terrorist groups to successfully carry out attacks, such as their propaganda techniques, use of media, religious context, financing, recruitment, and training. The course will conclude by looking at a case study that drives terrorist groups and will bring the varied course concepts together through a detailed look at the case of al-Qa’ida and Canada’s response and actions against terrorism. Prerequisite: None


CRIM210 – Criminal Procedures and Evidence
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course examines selected topics in criminal procedure and evidence within the Canadian context. Emphasis is given to how criminal cases are processed through the court system. An investigation of the system of rules and standards through which the admissibility of evidence is determined will be made. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its impact on criminal procedure and evidence will also be examined in detail. Prerequisite: Completion of certificate courses. Prerequisite: CRIM135 or Criminal Justice Director’s Approval.


CRIM215 – Mental Health Issues and Addiction
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course probes the issues relating to individuals with both mild to chronic and short to long-term mental health and illness challenges. Areas explored, but not limited to, include ADD/ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, and Schizophrenia. Medication, natural alternatives, behaviour modification and related interventions will be discussed. An additional focus will be placed on the understanding of addictions. Prerequisite: None


CRIM225 – Conflict Management, Crisis and Suicide Intervention
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course will explore applied communication theories and principles in resolving conflict and crisis situations. Students will be provided with skills and techniques to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence through experiential approach such as role-playing and simulations. An additional area to be addressed will be suicide intervention. In this course the student will receive training in crisis management. Students should be prepared to take the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification which will be offered at various times of the year. Prerequisite: None


CRIM235 – Introduction to Forensics and Criminal Investigation
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course will introduce students to the practical procedures, techniques, and applications of criminal investigation and forensics. Students will understand the basic investigative responsibilities, investigating crimes against persons and property. Related challenges to the criminal investigator such as terrorism, hate-crimes, cyber-crime, drug trafficking, and organized crime will also be investigated. Preparing for and presenting cases in court will also be covered. Prerequisite: None.


CRIM241 – Justice and Public Safety Practicum Course
Credits: 3.0

This first phase (112 hours) of a two-part practicum course offers the student an invaluable opportunity in developing self-directed learning skills, behaviours and attitudes needed for a justice and public safety career. The practicum program increases the understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system and public safety; government and non-government organization opportunities. Under the supervision of the Director and the Practicum Coordinator this initial phase of this multi-phased practicum will provide the strategies in navigating through this rewarding career from resume building to applying coursework to real-world context while attending regularly scheduled practicum workshops.


ENGL110 – Fundamentals of English Composition
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course focuses on essay writing at the post-secondary level. Students will examine examples of good writing, do short summaries, participate in critical exchanges in an individual and group setting, and complete several short writing assignments covering a spectrum of styles and purposes. Prerequisite: None


CRIM265 – Human Rights and Diversity Issues
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course will examine the role human rights and diversity issues play in human services professions. Students will investigate various human rights and diversity principles and analyze their implications to professional practice. Current issues and social problems relating to our current cultural society will be examined. Prerequisite: None


CRIM202 – Community Development and Advocacy for Criminal Justice
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire the skills needed to participate in achieving constructive social change through the process of community involvement and advocacy. Both theories and practical applications will be discussed with a focus on the values of community work and power, and how social structures are developed, maintained and changed. Students will be encouraged to actively engage in community involvement for this course. Prerequisite: None.


PSYC110 – Basic Concepts of Psychology
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

In this course, the student will understand the basic psychological principles, theories, applications and methodologies. Topics include the psychological study of human behavior, personality development, biological psychology, social psychology and abnormal psychology. Prerequisite: None.


SOCI110 – An Introduction to Sociology
Hours: 39 Credits: 3.0

This course will serve as a practical introduction to the field of sociology. Students will be able to identify and explain the significance of some of the phenomena, methods, and theories of sociology; differentiate between sociological and other questions, theories, and approaches; and interpret a variety of data arrays in order to assess and make sociological arguments. Related theory, research and analysis related to the field will be examined. Prerequisite: None.

CRIM242 – Justice and Public Safety Practicum Capstone
Credits: 3.0

This second phase (164 hour) of a two-part practicum course provides a choice in a continuation with a practicum host organization, community volunteer service, research project or a SARA problem-solving investigation. Students will continue to be engaged in regular scheduled on-campus workshops and will conclude with a capstone poster presentation with peers, practicum hosts and invited justice professionals.