Justice Studies BA

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Justice Studies BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 5,700 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 10,395

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    A BA in Justice Studies from a well-respected institution like Royal Roads University could be the foundation of a professional career in law, of course, but many graduates do not go on to law school. Many build careers in government, in private industry or in the not for profit sector, both in Canada and abroad.

    You’ll learn all about the Canadian justice system, about criminal and civil justice generally, as well as about social justice, human rights and advocacy. You’ll also study law enforcement, victim services and the interaction between corporations and the legal system. 

    This is a ‘degree completion program’, and assumes that you have already completed 2 years of post-secondary education in an appropriate field or their equivalent. It can be completed in several ways. One option is a 2 year blended learning experience where much of your study can be completed online. Another is an intensive 12 month on-campus experience. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over either 2 years of full time blended or remote study or a single intensive 12 month period of residential study. 

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Canadian Constitution
    • Canadian Criminal Justice System: Part 1
    • Canadian Criminal Justice System: Part 2
    • Career Preparation for Justice Studies
    • Civil and Administrative Law and Regulatory Environments
    • Family and Justice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    • History and Philosophy of Justice in the Canadian Context until 1867
    • Human Service Skills in the Justice Field
    • Indigenous Justice Perspectives
    • Introduction to Academic Integrity

    Year 4 Modules Include:

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice
    • Applied Research Project
    • Comparative Global Legal Approaches and Philosophies
    • Critical Analysis of Justice Perspectives
    • Exercises in Ethics and Law
    • Gender, Diversity, and Justice
    • History and Philosophy of Law in the Canadian Context from 1867
    • Introduction to International Law and International Organizations
    • Justice Practicum
    • Public Policy and Justice
    • Research Methods for Justice Practitioners
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Learning And Teaching

    Royal Roads University makes use of both traditional and innovative learning and teaching techniques for almost all of its degrees. In particular, they offer a close-knit ‘student cohort based’ learning experience for its on campus and blended learning students alike. 

    The approach of this degree is highly research oriented. Nevertheless, it seeks to integrate the different skills and approaches you’ll be learning to the real world at every turn. 

    Career Possibilities

    Roads Justice Studies students have become corrections officers, court reporters, diversion counsellors, forensics/crime lab officers, immigration officers, insurance investigators, internet security managers, law enforcement officers, legal researchers, loss and prevention consultants, paralegals, policy analysts, private investigators, probation officers and volunteer coordinators with organisations such as alternative dispute resolution centres, corporate or government legal departments, group homes, insurance companies, law enforcement organisations, legal firms, non-profit organizations, women’s and family shelters as well as at youth correction centres.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a BA degree.

    To enter Royal Roads University’s Justice Studies program, you’ll need to have completed the first 2 years of your baccalaureate degree or diploma with a ‘B’ or better average, or the international equivalent. 

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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