BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CRIM-131 - Introduction to Criminal Justice System - 3.00 Credits

CRIM-131 - Introduction to Criminal Justice System - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The course will examine the various components of the criminal justice system, and patterns of crime and victimization in Canada, with particular attention paid to Aboriginal issues. Police operations, decision-making options, courts, sentencing and corrections will be reviewed in the context of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. In addition, this course will explore Aboriginal traditional and contemporary justice philosophies and initiatives and the youth justice system, including culturally relevant and community-based models.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Degree- Criminology - Year 2
  • Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12
    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:
  • describe the structure, operation and components of the Canadian criminal justice system;

  • describe the patterns of crime and victimization in Canada;

  • discuss the historical development, current roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections and community;

  • analyze current trends in Canadian criminal justice policies;

  • evaluate the goals and current issues and challenges of the criminal justice system components;

  • discuss patterns of contact and conflict between various social groups within the criminal justice system; and

  • identify and differentiate between Aboriginal, restorative/transformative and retributive justice philosophies.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Griffiths, Curt T. and Alison Cunningham. Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer. 3nd Ed. Toronto: Harcourt Brace & Company, 2007.

  • Robertson, D.A., and Blackstone, M. The Life of Helen Betty Osbourne: A Graphic Novel. Current Edition Winnipeg, MB. In a Bind Publications.

  • Mickaelsen, B. Touching Spirit Bear. Current Edition. New York, NY. Harper Trophy.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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