BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CRIM-233 - Introduction to Corrections - 3.00 Credits

CRIM-233 - Introduction to Corrections - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will examine the organization, structure and operation of contemporary Canadian correctional practices. It will consider the history, development, and contemporary social organization of provincial and federal correctional institutions. The experiences of individuals with lived incarceration experiences, their families, communities and correctional staff and administrators will be considered. The impacts of new legislative changes, and the role of sentencing in the correctional process will be explored. In addition, this course will discuss issues relating to community-based Aboriginal (restorative/transformative) practices, parole, continuity of care, and re-entry into the community.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Community and Public Safety Professional Diploma - Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : CRIM-131 , or permission of the instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • discuss the historical development and evolution of punishment and rehabilitation in Canadian correctional systems;

  • describe the current roles and responsibilities of provincial, federal, and community corrections;

  • explain the effectiveness of correctional legislation and sentencing options in correctional practices;

  • describe correctional classification, case management, and treatment options;

  • explain the process and issues relating to the re-entry and continuity of care of individuals leaving correctional systems;

  • analyze the impacts of corrections on individuals with lived incarceration experiences, (with particular attention to Aboriginal peoples), families, communities, and correctional staff and administration; and

  • evaluate current trends in Canadian correctional practices and alternatives to confinement.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Griffiths, C. T., & Murdoch, D. J. Canadian Corrections , Current Edition, Toronto, ON, Nelson Education
  • Gaucher, B.Journal of Prisoners on Prisons , Current Edition, Toronto, ON, Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc.
  • Other Resources:
  • Aboriginal-based supplemental materials made available through the instructor.
  • Transfer Credits: Please note that this course is currently in articulation procedures for transfer credit at several BC Colleges and Universities.

    Once Approved, information will be available at: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved March 26, 2014.