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Duration: 5.5 semesters 8 week work term
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Faculty: Justice
Certification: Diploma of Social Sciences

Program Description

The Criminology program exposes students to the nature and causes of crime, criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system. Students will receive training in specialized areas of psychology and sociology, as well as experience in standard security practices so that valuable assistance may be provided to counselors and corrections staff. The goal of the program is to develop the skills in a graduate who will be well versed in the current philosophy of corrections on the provincial and national scenes.

Program Courses

Abnormal Psychology Life Skills
Aboriginal Studies Manipulation
Behaviour Modification Non Violent Crisis Intervention
Canadian Criminology Officer Safety
Canadian Firearms Safety (Restricted) Personal Fitness
Canadian Firearms Safety (Unrestricted) Prison Subculture
Communication Skills Procedures and Administration of Criminal Justice
Correctional Officer Training Skills Professional Development Issues
Corrections in Criminal Justice Programming in Corrections
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Provincial Statutes
Current Issues in Criminology Psychology of Addictions
Human Development Risk Assessment and Case Management
Human Relations Security, Movement & Safety
Human Sexuality Sociology of Deviance
Interviewing Skills Standard First Aid
Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills Strangulation, Suicide, and Cut Down
Introduction to Criminology Suicide Intervention
Introduction to Political Science WHMIS
Introduction to Psychology Word Processing
Introduction to Sociology Young Offenders Legislation
Job Search Skills Work Term
Leadership and Teamwork Skills

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Criminology program graduates will be eligible (depending on specific hiring practices) to work in a variety of settings such as: community corrections; outreach/life skills programs; custodial facilities; private investigation; and, community residential centres. Criminology employment opportunities exist with government and private industry.

Graduates may work in such areas as addictions, community development, community service, youth facilities, mental health, women’s shelters, and uniformed services such as airport security/screening official, armored car service, deputy sheriff and correctional officer. Depending on specific hiring practices, additional training may be required, examples include deputy sheriff and correctional officer.   A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

Mask Security
Care Givers
John Howard Society
Her Majesty's Penitentiary
Department of Justice, Youth Centre
Ontario Correctional Institute Sheriff's Office
Edmonton Correctional Institute
Emmanuel House
Shalom Group Home

Eastern Residential Board
Federal Corrections of Canada
Child Find Newfoundland and Labrador
Health and Educational Services
RCMP, Constable, First Nations Reserves, Eskasoni
Stella Burry Corporation
Howard House

NOTE: For Correctional Officer positions, you must meet the organizations entrance requirements such as a physical fitness test and a written exam. The exam would go for a position at the Sheriff's Office.

Entrance Requirements

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