The Canadian criminal justice system includes law enforcement agencies (public and private), the court systems, corrections (public and private), as well as related domains such as Customs and Excise, Immigration, and Social Services. Curriculum content also includes the law itself and the politics of its definition, enforcement and reform; the interplay between the governed and those who govern, and how these dynamics influence the components of the justice system. Also included are the shaping of public policy and the roles of economics, ideology, and the media in these processes.

While the object of our focus is criminal and social justice issues, the lens is a critical one. Students are encouraged to read, think, and write critically; they are challenged to examine and question their own beliefs and values, to locate them in the same conceptual space as professional ethics and personal integrity. We expect our students to be as articulate about other points of view as they are about their own. It is impressed upon our students that the system will always be in a state of change and that they, as educated citizens or as workers within that system, have a responsibility to be actively involved, perhaps as leaders, in the process.

We believe our students need to appreciate their own responsibility to work for change from within, and to ensure that the system remains open to the possibility of change from without. We want our students to understand that the system is not a monolithic entity which they must be molded to fit, but rather a product of people whose activities continue to redefine its uses, abuses, dimensions, and performance specifications.

UCFV offers an extended minor and minor in criminal justice as part of its Bachelor of Arts within the Faculty of Arts program. A formal request for approval must be made to the Criminology/Criminal Justice department and to the Faculty of Arts advisor. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program requesting an extended minor or minor must have completed all of the lower-level requirements for the Criminal Justice extended minor or minor with a minimum GPA of 2.67. Please submit a copy of your UCFV transcript to the Criminology/Criminal Justice department showing completion of the lower-level courses to be reviewed. The number of declarations may be limited by seat availability. (See the Criminology/Criminal Justice section for more details.)

This section specifies the major or extended minor or minor discipline requirements only. Please see Bachelor of Arts requirements for more details..

Criminal Justice Extended Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 18 credits

Upper-level requirements: 15 credits

Fifteen credits in 300- and 400-level Criminal Justice as follows:

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 12 credits

Upper-level requirements: 15 credits

Full-Time Faculty

Tim Segger, BA, MA (UVic), Department Head
Terry Anderson, BA, MA (Cal State), PhD (CPU), Prof. Teachers Cert. (UVic)
Yvon Dandurand, BA (Ph), BPh, MA (Ottawa)
Martha Dow, BA, MA (UWO)
John Martin, Dip. Crim Justice (FV), BA, MA (SFU)
Darryl Plecas, BA, MA (SFU), EdD (UBC), Man. Dev. Program (Harvard)
Kim Polowek, BA, MA (SFU)
Martin Silverstein, BA (Toronto), BA (Queen’s), MA (Ottawa), PhD (Arizona State)

Other Faculty

Len Epp, BA (Winnipeg), MA (Man)
Scott Fast, BA (Wash), MA (UBC)
Peter German, BA (Hons), (Mt. Allison), MA (SFU), LLB (NB), LLM (UBC)
G. Jack Harris, QC, BA (Hons), LLB (Manitoba)
Ian MacKenzie, LLB (UBC)
Steve Schneider, Dip. Marketing (BCIT), BA (Carlton), MSc (Penn), PhD (UBC)
Gordon Taylor, BA, LLB (UBC)
Paul Tinsley, BA, MA (SFU)
Wendy Van Tongeren, BA (UBC), LLB (Queen’s)

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