BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CAPS-210 - Historical Perspectives on Crime - 3.00 Credits

CAPS-210 - Historical Perspectives on Crime - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The course will explore the nature of historical, political, sociological and economical injustices experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the colonization of Canada. Students will examine how colonialism has led to and sustains present day crime rates. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting the effects of historical systemic bias , social inequality, and institutional policies on the over-representation of Indigenous people in today's criminal justice system.
Part of the:
  • Community and Public Safety Department
  • Prerequisites : Completion of CAPS Year 1 or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Exam 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:



    • discuss the history of colonization in Canada as it relates to crime and injustice for Indigenous people in Canada;

    • discus colonialism as a root cause of the over-representation of Indigenous people in Canada’s criminal justice system

    • recognize racial stereotypes of Indigenous people in Canada;

    • demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous worldviews;

    • identify government policies designed to assimilate Indigenous people into mainstream Canadian society;

    • demonstrate an understanding of  the origins of Canada’s Treaties and the associated rights;

    • explain the Indian Act as it relates to social determinants of Indigenous people in Canada;

    • analyze the legacy of the Residential School system;

    • research the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system;

    • demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous land claims, rights and title; and

    • describe present day justice strategies to reconcile criminal injustices experienced by Indigenous people.

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