BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CAPS-255 - Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs in Public Safety - 3.00 Credits

CAPS-255 - Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs in Public Safety - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course engages learners in critical self-reflection in consideration of deconstructing personal values that influence decision making and interactions with others. Learners will examine individual beliefs, ethics, and beliefs that challenge their assumptions of diversity, backgrounds and experiences. Through role-play, simulations, and active discussions, learners will analyze bias in the field of public safety and how it often leads to over-policing, discrimination and the misuse of force. Learners will explore and define their own values in an effort to understand behaviours and develop individual integrity in preparation for a career in the sector.
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:



    • demonstrate individual code of ethics;  

    • identify personal values and their associated definitions, behaviours, and beliefs;

    • define implicit bias;

    • apply strategies to make informed decisions;

    • discuss the relationship between discrimination and over-enforcement in public safety;

    • demonstrate an ability to confidently and carefully approach various situations;

    • research implicit bias, diversity and inclusion and strategies to prevent discrimination;

    • describe how personal biases can influence decision making and interactions with others; and

    • explain how bias can influence the encounters and outcomes in public safety.

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