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Criminal and Social Justice - Diploma (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$7,276.68
Tuition: $6,481.08
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:138.00
Bus Pass Fee:177.60
Health and Dental Fee:450.00
Total Fees:$795.60

*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.

Program Overview

In the criminal and social justice diploma program, students study theories of human and social behavior, criminal justice system and cultural and institutional roots of crime and deviance. Students will learn about oppression and marginalization and will further their understanding of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge. They will develop effective skills in cross-cultural relations, communication, conflict resolution and crisis intervention.

Students will engage in experiential and interdisciplinary learning opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to further their post-secondary education or to prepare for a potential career within the field of criminal and social justice.

The diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the two year diploma curriculum, a total of 60 credits.

Program Information:

This program is in the University Studies department and includes applied courses in the Child, Youth and Family studies/Human Service Worker program area.

The diploma program is designed to prepare students for a potential career in the field of criminal or social justice or to further post-secondary education such as a bachelor degree.

Admission Requirements:

  • Secondary school graduation (or equivalent)
  • *Math 11 or equivalent (Foundation of Math 11, Applications of Math 11, Principles of Math 11, MATH 080 or MATH 082)
  • Minimum 65% in English 12 or equivalent (refer to Course Equivalency Information on the College website)
  • Basic computer skills are also recommended

* Is required for Stats 106 Elective

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes
Credit can be awarded for one or more courses in this program through FA

Program Goals:

Selected learning outcomes include the following:

The self, community, and society:

  • be aware of personal biases, assumptions and prejudices and demonstrate acceptance for varying perspectives;
  • develop an awareness of the role media plays in perceptions, myths and fear of crime;
  • have sound introductory knowledge of topical areas of sociology, such as family, religion, economy and work, power, politics and government, social class and stratification, global stratification and collective behaviour and social change;
  • apply psychological principles to individual and/or social problems;
  • discuss the impact that addiction has on families, communities and society in general;
  • explore Indigenous teachings based on the contributions of Elders, Indigenous scholars and community members;
  • articulate the differences between mainstream and Indigenous family support and child protection;
  • understand the strength and cohesion in Indigenous families and communities.

Analysis and Communication:

  • complete case study analyses;
  • identify, interpret, and solve problems, effectively implementing and evaluating proposed strategies;
  • analyze and interpret statistics related to youth crime and the social correlates of youth crime;
  • analyze evidence based prevention, intervention and treatment strategies.
  • develop an argument with a thesis or controlling idea, using appropriate rhetorical patterns and supporting material for their audience and purpose;
  • develop skills to foster intercultural sensitivity;
  • use written and oral communication skills effectively, employing methods appropriate to message and context;
  • actively listen to others.

Justice Issues:

  • articulate the differences between the criminal justice system and restorative, community and Aboriginal concepts of justice;
  • assess how the concept of law affects decision-making at various levels of the legislative, judicial, and administrative systems;
  • explain the rationale, history and modern structure of the youth criminal justice system in Canada;
  • explain and understand various theoretical explanations (biological, psychological and sociological) of crime and criminals;
  • explain the fundamental principles of jurisprudence.

Working in Organizations:

  • work effectively as a member of a team;
  • develop problem-solving and teamwork skills;
  • recognize the ramifications of stereotypes and culture-based assumptions; adapt to other individuals’ levels of communication; conduct a case briefing.

Managing Conflict

  • develop skills to prevent vicarious trauma and burnout;
  • demonstrate common conflict resolution strategies and processes;
  • demonstrate resolution models developed specifically for inter-group conflict;
  • illustrate the use of negotiation and mediation skills; and
  • demonstrate basic crisis intervention skills used in an initial crisis intervention, including ethical and legal considerations.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Course Outline for: Criminal and Social Justice - Diploma

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Students intending to complete a degree should complete either ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 in their diploma. Students transferring to VIU after first year must complete CRIM 135 before admission.

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