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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar

Criminology and Justice


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General information


The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities offers a four-year Criminology and Justice program designed to educate students with a broad range of skills required in a variety of fields from criminal justice to law and social services.

Students learn to build an integrated approach to justice services through the examination of each of the justice system’s components, including the victim. Graduates will be skilled in taking leadership roles and more collaborative approaches within their own fields and within the related infrastructures of society.

The first year of study is common to all Criminology and Justice students. Beginning in second year, students will have the opportunity to continue with the unspecialized program or to choose from two areas of specialization – Criminal Justice, or Youth, Crime and Justice.

Criminal Justice specialization


In the Criminal Justice specialization, students will explore the foundations of historical and contemporary patterns of social control, and then turn to more focused consideration of the three main institutions of formal control: police, courts and corrections.

Youth, Crime and Justice specialization


Within the Youth, Crime and Justice specialization students will look at youthful offending and victimization, as well as systems of youth justice in Canada and elsewhere. Particular emphasis is given to contemporary issues in youth justice and the effectiveness of the justice system in dealing with young people who come into conflict with the law.

Admission requirements


Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U). All other applicants should refer to admissions  for the requirements for their specific category of admission.

Practicum


A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The Practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, in-class seminars, a set of academic assignments and a major research paper and poster. As part of the pre-practicum process, students will be required to acquire a Vulnerable Sector check. For additional information, please refer to the course description for SSCI 4098U .

Internship


This program offers students who have successfully completed three years of study with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (B average on a 4.3 scale) an opportunity to engage in a work-integrated learning partnership with organizations locally and globally. The internship program not only gives students an opportunity to apply classroom concepts to the challenges of organizational life, but also helps them to gain valuable and relevant work experience to promote networking and life-long career success.

The internship program placement equates to a minimum of 280 hours of paid or unpaid field experience. The intern’s wages, where applicable, are paid by the sponsoring organization over a contracted period. The faculty may provide links to various internship placement opportunities or a student may secure an internship opportunity that meets the criteria as prescribed by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Successful work placement completion and both a verbal and written final project will result in the intern receiving a mark and three credits toward the Honours Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Admission to the internship program is competitive. While students are participating in an internship program, they may enroll in up to one additional course (three credits) per semester. This course must not interfere with the internship schedule outlined by the employer. For additional information, please refer to the course description for SSCI 4103U .

Double majors


Students registered in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program within the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the university have the opportunity, in most cases, to combine two majors within the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities concurrently as a double major (note - some restrictions apply). Double major program maps have been approved by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and are available through the Academic Advising Office. Students undertaking a double major within the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities will, in most cases, be required to complete more than 120 credit hours. Students wishing to declare a double major must consult with the Academic Advising office.

Degree and major requirements


To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Criminology and Justice, students must meet both the degree requirements  and requirements of the major as outlined below for a total of 120 credits. Each year prior to course registration, the order and timing of course offerings will be released by the faculty and communicated to students.

** General Electives


General electives can be taken at/or adjoining their year level, where permission has been granted and prerequisites have been fulfilled. A minimum of three elective courses must be offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities but outside of major at the 2000-level or higher. No more than five 1000-level elective courses can be included.  ALSU 1101U  is recommended as a general elective in first year.

Additional required courses


The remaining 39 credit hours are selected based on the student’s choice to pursue the Criminology and Justice major, or the Criminology and Justice major with a specialization.

**General electives


General electives can be taken at/or adjoining their year level, where permission has been granted and prerequisites have been fulfilled. A minimum of three elective courses must be offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities but outside of major at the 2000-level or higher. No more than five 1000-level elective courses can be included. ALSU 1101U  is recommended as a general elective in first year.

**General electives


General electives can be taken at/or adjoining their year level, where permission has been granted and prerequisites have been fulfilled. A minimum of three elective courses must be offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities but outside of major at the 2000-level or higher. No more than five 1000-level elective courses can be included. ALSU 1101U  is recommended as a general elective in first year.

Total [120 credit hours]


SSCI 4101U and SSCI 4102U Honours Thesis I and II


In order to be considered for the Honours Thesis I , students must apply during their sixth semester to begin their Honours Thesis I  in semester seven. The course application must include a detailed statement of intent outlining the methodology, theoretical significance and the projected timelines for completion of the project. To proceed to Honours Thesis II , a student must have successfully completed Honours Thesis I with a minimum A- and prepare a written statement outlining the projected timelines for completion of the project.

Please note: only a limited number of applicants will be admitted to the Honours Thesis. Consent is required from both the instructor and the dean.

SSCI 4005U Independent Study


In order to be considered for the Independent Study students must apply in the semester prior to the commencement of the study. Applications must include a letter of intent detailing the course plan and including a preliminary reading list, a suggested method of evaluation and suggested timelines for completing the project. Please note: Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted to the Independent Study. Consent is required from both the instructor and the dean.

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