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 program, as well as a Criminal Justice diploma, Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice), and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.
UCFV also offers other options to people interested in studying criminology and criminal justice. The BCIT Forensic Investigation transfer option is an option of the Criminal Justice diploma, designed primarily for students who wish to transfer directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation at BCIT. A Bachelor of General Studies (Police option) degree is also available for police officers who seek to begin or complete a baccalaureate degree.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section. You do not need to be accepted into a Criminal Justice program in order to take criminology courses. The following courses are recommended as good courses to take for students who have not previously completed a criminology course: CRIM 100, 101, 103, 105, 129, 151, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 230, 250.
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