Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Political Science, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) is designed to provide students seeking a career in the criminal justice system, or planning to pursue an advanced degree, with a knowledge base that will enable them to pursue their career objectives. The program offers a unique blend of sociological courses dealing with the criminal justice system, as well as courses in Political Science dealing with public policy formation and implementation. It also provides students with the conceptual and methodological tools needed for further study.
In order to be considered for the Co-op program in Criminal Justice & Public Policy, applicants and transfers must meet the requirements for the Criminal Justice & Public Policy Major (BAH.CJPP).
Students who are interested in transferring into the Co-op program in Criminal Justice & Public Policy should contact the CJPP Program to inquire.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy program will demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand the development and functions of major criminal justice institutions (e.g., police, courts, corrections) and the alternatives to the formal system, the activities of actors within these institutions, and how they relate to one another within the broader social, political, and economic world.
- Describe the central institutions and processes of government, the legal system, policymaking, and civic engagement in Canada.
- Evaluate diverse perspectives about local, national, or transnational political issues.
- Apply theories related to the practices and policies of the criminal justice system and its major institutions from multidisciplinary perspectives.
- Evaluate the mechanisms, correlates, theoretical underpinnings, and situational contexts of crime, criminal behaviour and opportunity, and techniques for prevention and treatment.
- Evaluate the disciplinary limits of knowledge about the causes and consequences of crime.
- Conduct research in criminal justice and public policy with appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
- Communicate effectively and professionally in written and oral forms using appropriate terminology and technology.
- Identify and examine how criminal justice processes impact the workplace, including private sector, public sector, or non-governmental organizations, and better appreciate the roles and responsibilities of criminal justice actors.
- Apply theories and concepts in criminal justice and public policy to professional experiences.
- Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, in diverse formats (including written, visual, and oral communication, and using relevant technologies) within workplace settings.
The Co-op program in Criminal Justice & Public Policy is a four and a half year program, including three required work terms, with an optional fourth work term. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.
CJPP Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
|1||Academic Semester 1||Academic Semester 2||Off|
|2||Academic Semester 3, COOP*1100||Academic Semester 4||COOP*1000 Work Term I|
|3||COOP*2000 Work Term II||Academic Semester 5||Academic Semester 6|
|4||Academic Semester 7||COOP*3000 Work Term III||COOP*4000 Work Term IV|
|5||Academic Semester 8||N/A||N/A|
For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.
(21.50 Total Credits)1
|Core Courses (including restricted electives)||9.00|
|Co-op Work Terms||1.50|
A fourth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number credits will equal 22.00.
BA Distribution Requirement; only an additional 0.50 can be taken in PHIL courses
Note: A minimum of three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement.
The recommended program sequence is outlined below.
Major (Honours Program)
|Semester 1 - Fall|
|PHIL*1010||Social and Political Issues||0.50|
|SOC*1500||Crime and Criminal Justice||0.50|
|1.50 electives or restricted electives||1.50|
|Semester 2 - Winter|
|POLS*2350||Law from a Political Science Perspective||0.50|
|1.00 electives or restricted electives||1.00|
|Semester 3 - Fall|
|COOP*1100||Introduction to Co-operative Education||0.00|
|POLS*2300||Canadian Government and Politics||0.50|
|POLS*3300||Governing Criminal Justice||0.50|
|0.50 restricted electives or POLS*2230 3||0.50|
|0.50 restricted electives at the 3000 level in SOC and/or POLS||0.50|
|Semester 4 - Winter|
|0.50 restricted electives or POLS*2250 4||0.50|
|1.50 restricted electives at the 3000 level in SOC and/or POLS||1.50|
|COOP*1000||Co-op Work Term I||0.50|
|COOP*2000||Co-op Work Term II||0.50|
|Semester 5 - Winter|
|0.50 restricted electives or POLS*3650 5||0.50|
|Semester 6 - Summer|
|2.50 electives or restricted electives||2.50|
|Semester 7 - Fall|
|1.00 restricted electives at the 4000 level in SOC and/or POLS||1.00|
|0.50 restricted electives or SOAN*3120 6||0.50|
|COOP*3000||Co-op Work Term III||0.50|
|COOP*4000||Co-op Work Term IV||0.50|
|Semester 8 - Fall|
|0.50 restricted electives at the 4000 level in SOC and/or POLS||0.50|
Not required if POLS*2250 will be completed in Semester 4 – Winter
Not required if POLS*2230 will be completed in Semester 3 – Fall
Not required if SOAN*3120 will be completed in Semester 7 – Fall
Not required if POLS*3650 will be completed in Semester 5 – Winter
|Select 1.50 credits from the following:|
|SOC*3490||Law and Society||0.50|
|SOC*3730||Courts and Society||0.50|
|SOC*3740||Corrections and Penology||0.50|
|SOC*3750||Police in Society||0.50|
|Select 1.00 credits from the following:|
|POLS*3130||Law, Politics and Judicial Process||0.50|
|POLS*3140||Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms||0.50|
|POLS*3210||The Constitution and Canadian Federalism||0.50|
|POLS*3250||Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects||0.50|
|POLS*3670||Comparative Public Policy||0.50|
|Select 0.50 credits from the following:|
|HIST*3130||Popular Culture and Punishment, 1700-1900||0.50|
|PHIL*3040||Philosophy of Law||0.50|
|PHIL*3230||Theories of Justice||0.50|
|PSYC*3020||Psychology of Law||0.50|
|Select 1.50 credits from the following:|
|POLS*4050||Advanced Topics in Law and Politics||1.00|
|POLS*4060||Advanced Topics Lecture in Law and Politics||0.50|
|POLS*4070||Courts and Parliament||1.00|
|POLS*4100||Women, Justice and Public Policy||1.00|
|POLS*4110||Criminal Justice Policy and Law||1.00|
|POLS*4130||Advanced Lecture in Criminal Justice Policy||0.50|
|POLS*4160||Multi-Level Governance in Canada||1.00|
|POLS*4250||Topics in Public Management||1.00|
|POLS*4260||Topics in Public Policy||1.00|
|POLS*4270||Advanced Lecture in Public Management||0.50|
|POLS*4280||Advanced Lecture in Public Policy||0.50|
|POLS*4310||Advanced Lecture in Women, Justice and Public Policy||0.50|
|POLS*4740||Advanced Topics in Rights and Liberties||1.00|
|POLS*4780||Advanced Lecture in Rights and Liberties||0.50|
|POLS*4970||Honours Political Science Research I||0.50|
|POLS*4980||Honours Political Science Research II||0.50|
|SOC*4010||Violence and Society||0.50|
|SOC*4030||Advanced Topics in Criminology||0.50|
|SOC*4130||Advanced Seminar in Violence and Society||1.00|
|SOC*4150||Youth and Violence||1.00|
|SOC*4170||Violence Against Women and Gendered Violence||1.00|
|SOC*4200||Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice||0.50|
|SOC*4320||Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice||1.00|
|SOC*4330||Miscarriages of Justice||1.00|
|SOC*4340||Women and the Criminal Justice System||1.00|
|SOC*4350||Drugs and Society||1.00|
|SOC*4460||Advanced Seminar in Criminology||1.00|
|SOC*4470||Youth in Conflict with the Law||1.00|
|SOC*4490||Advanced Theory and Methods in Criminology||1.00|
|SOC*4500||Crime and Social Exclusion||1.00|
|SOC*4900||Honours Sociology Thesis I||0.50|
|SOC*4910||Honours Sociology Thesis II||0.50|