Criminology & Criminal Justice BA

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Criminology & Criminal Justice BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Start Date:

      01 September 2020

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    Course Summary

    Criminology & Criminal Justice is a complex and fascinating degree choice, and it can prepare you for a wide range of different careers. It is of interest to people who already work in the field but wish to qualify for promotion or a more responsible role, but it is also useful to those who anticipate being involved in issues of national security, crime prevention, victim services, case management and criminal law.

    The University of the Fraser Valley’s BA program in Criminology & Criminal Justice is heavily career-oriented. Not only will you learn the practical skills that will serve you well if you take on a career in a hands-on field like policing, corrections, or security work, you’ll learn how to do research in the field and how to analyse the complicates professional and policy aspects of the field. That can open up opportunities in social justice, politics and policy work.

    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 4 years of study.

    Criminology & Criminal Justice Modules Include:

    • Academic and Professional Development
    • Advanced Theoretical Perspectives
    • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • Corrections in Canada
    • Criminal Law
    • Criminal Procedure and Evidence
    • Customs and Immigration Law
    • Directed Studies
    • Diversity, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada
    • Field Work Practicum
    • Indigenous Peoples, Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
    • Introduction to Criminology
    • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
    • Law Enforcement in Canada
    • Peace Officer Use of Force
    • Physical Fitness Training I & II
    • Police Psychology and Risk Assessment
    • Problem Management Skills for Criminal Justice Interventions
    • Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
    • Psychopathy and the Criminal Justice System
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Quantitative Research Techniques
    • Research Methods in Criminology
    • Selected Topics in Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
    • Theory and Practice of Restorative Justice
    • Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Youth Crime and the Youth Justice System in Canada

    Learning And Teaching

    UFV strives to use both traditional and innovative techniques in its undergraduate programs. This program features a Practicum and Co-op content which will give you real world work skills as well as helping you to develop a contact network in your field.  

    You’ll attend formal lecture classes, practical skills sessions, laboratories, problem solving exercises, and small scale tutorial sessions as well. You’ll also have the support of the school’s Academic Advisors to help you plot the best educational course for yourself and your career.  

    Career Possibilities

    Careers in this field tend to fall into a handful of categories: Private Security, Community Services, Restorative Justice, Law, Corrections, Criminal Investigation, National Security and Law Enforcement. Recent graduates of UFV’s Criminology & Criminal Justice BA program work in governmental agencies on the federal, provincial and municipal levels, such as the police forces or border services, at airports, for various Crown Corporations, or supplying security services in a private capacity.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    To enter UFV’s Criminology & Criminal Justice BA program, you’ll need to present your High School Transcripts, International Baccalaureate or similar international qualifications. No particular specialisation is required. There is also a security clearance. 

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. A Foundations Program is available if you lack the necessary language skills.

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