Protection, Security & Investigation


Course List

Term 1

CJP-1013: The Canadian Criminal Justice System

This course introduces students to the organization and structure of the Canadian Judicial System. It examines the main components: the law, police (public and private), courts, corrections and community, and explores how they function in relation to each other. The purpose and principles of the relevant legislation and policies governing this continuum of justice services are also examined. In providing an overview, students are able to develop a fundamental understanding of the intricacy of the criminal justice system, the inter-relatedness of its components and the wide range of contemporary issues stemming from societal concerns and political policies.

CJP-1103: Issues in Diversity

In this course, students critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. Information concerning history, culture, heritage and contemporary issues relating to Canadian Indigenous groups is discussed. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment.

CJP-1052: Community and Social Services

This course is designed to accomplish two goals. The student acquires a working knowledge of community organizations and social services that operate adjacent to the Criminal Justice System. Students prepare to pursue and complete a required community service practicum. The student is introduced to the important role the volunteer plays in society. Emphasis is placed on the growing relationship between contemporary Criminal Justice Practice and the diverse social services and agencies. Both theory and practice is emphasized as the student prepares to involve him/her in appropriate practical volunteer situations.

ENG-1213: Communications in Criminal Justice

This course enables students to develop writing, reading, and listening skills for the criminal justice professions. Students will write essays, summaries, and professional documents, and enhance critical reading and listening skills because an effective working relationship with individuals, groups, and teams requires the ability to communicate precisely and persuasively. This course gives students the opportunity to develop their communication skills so that they may prepare required documents and correspondence at a professionally acceptable level and present ideas and information with confidence and credibility.

PED-1202: Fitness and Lifestyle Management I

This course introduces the student to concepts of wellness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness. Emphasis is placed on students understanding the scope of what it means to be well, healthy and physically fit and how this relates to having a successful career in law enforcement.

PSY-1003: Psychology I

This course is about how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to see psychology as an objective way of studying human experience.

SDV-1001: College Orientation

This course surveys the ideas, strategies, and skills that a beginning student can use to be successful in college. Personal organization and study skills are discussed together with a description of college resources and services that are useful to the student. This course is offered via Learning Management System (LMS) or via iPad app.

SOC-1003: Sociology I

Sociology is a social science focusing on the systematic and diverse study of human group life. This course introduces students to the discipline of sociology, its basic concepts and perspectives, and the sociological approach to understanding humans and our behaviour. This course attempts to develop one's ability to critically examine our world and relate it to our own lives. This course concentrates on a Canadian perspective and covers topics such as culture, socialization, social interaction, crime, deviance and stratification.

Term 2

CJP-1203: Criminology

This course provides an examination of various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour. Students have developed a general understanding of human behaviour and the relationship between the individual and their social environment through introductory courses in sociology and psychology. This course applies the concepts and understanding acquired in those courses to the study of crime, criminality and criminal behaviour. Criminological theory is related to various types of criminal activity and the reality of crime in Canada is examined through crime statistics and correlates of criminal behaviour. The impact of theory on the development and effectiveness of the criminal justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future trends within the system.

CJP-1253: Principles of Ethical Reasoning

This course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals as citizens and professionals. It helps students to clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision-making. Ethical issues, which relate to a wide variety of concerns, are examined. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of ethics within a group subculture, its benefits and consequences for both the individuals involved, and for the wider society. Through direct experience and discussion of specific models, students will examine a variety of professional ethical codes and apply ethical decision-making models to dilemmas in their personal and professional lives.

CJP-2013: Criminal and Civil Law

In this course students will examine the nature, role, and function of law. This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the concepts and principles of criminal and civil law in Canadian society. In addition, students will identify the rights and freedoms of citizens in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and determine its importance to the criminal justice process. Students will research and analyze various provincial and federal statutes and judicial decisions to consider the impact these have on law enforcement.

ENG-2113: Communications II

This course enhances students' communication skills including research, documentation, essay writing, and presentations. Students read, examine, and respond to selected essays and articles. Using research provides students with the opportunity for development of ideas in writing through critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These skills are necessary for success in current and future college courses, the workplace, and students' personal lives.

PED-1212: Fitness and Lifestyle Management II

This course is a continuation of PED 1202, further exploring concepts related to health, wellness, and physical fitness. Emphasis is placed on students identifying current lifestyle behaviours and developing strategies which would result in a healthier lifestyle. Students will also continue to work toward achieving fitness standards associated with Bona Fide Occupational Requirement evaluation.

POL-1303: Political Structure and Public Administration

You can change the system! Protest, debate, participate and foster innovation. Understanding politics allows one person to make a difference in our political system. This course is a survey of the behavior of individuals, groups and institutions within the Canadian political system. The student will be introduced to distinctive aspects of the Canadian political environment, explore implications of the constitutional framework and define key elements of Canadian political participation. In addition, key aspects of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government will be discussed. The bureaucracy, mass media, political socialization, and public opinion polls as well as other aspects of the political arena will also be featured.

PSY-1203: Interpersonal and Group Dynamics

In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and effective group decision making will be discussed.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Term 3

PSI-3013: Border Services

In this course students learn the fundamentals of legislation, regulations and enforcement procedures related to Border Services. It is designed to give students a general introduction to the various acts of legislation that govern customs and immigration. The regulations and policies used when determining the admissibility of person, goods and conveyances into Canada will also be reviewed. Students learn specific sections of the Customs Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), and the Criminal Code that gives Customs Officers their various authorities. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is examined in reference to arrest, detention, examination, personal search and seizure procedures. This course familiarizes the student with the roles and responsibilities of Border Service Officers in regard to other federal departments.

PSI-3022: Correctional Process

PSI-3034: Introduction to Security

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the scope and practice of security occupations. There are more than 150,000 men and women working in the private security industry in Canada. Guards carry out a range of duties such as conducting patrols, preparing various reports, responding to emergencies and investigating criminal activity. Since the events of September 11, 2001, the public's heightened sense of safety and security has created a demand for security services. As a result, the security industry has experienced exponential growth in both the public and private sector. In order to meet these demands and provide a consistent standard in training the government of Ontario has legislated the formal training and licensing of security guards. In order to obtain a license, security guards in Ontario must now complete a 40 hour course and pass a test to demonstrate that they possess the knowledge necessary to work in the security industry. This course meets the government's training standards for security guards. Upon successful completion of this course and first aid certification, the student is eligible to write the standardized test. The test is administered by SERCO (DES Drive Test Centres) and a fee applies.

PSI-3043: Analytics and Intelligence

The use of intelligence is crucial in the field of law enforcement to be more effective when combatting criminal groups. With appropriate application, the products of intelligence analysis can assist in developing strategic plans to tackle current problems and prepare for anticipated ones. This course provides an overview of the historical background relating to the use of intelligence and analysis as a process and introduces the student to the basic concepts of analytic processes, applications and contemporary issues as used in law enforcement.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

CJP-3053: Youth in Conflict with the Law

This course focuses on the historical and philosophical development of federal and provincial laws in response to youth crime in Canadian society. Students examine and analyze, in the context of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant legislation, the legal processes and court structure applicable to youthful offenders. Alternative methods of response to youth crime including extra judicial measures are indentified as an alternative to the court system. Contemporary issues including, but not limited to, youth gangs, bullying, use of weapons and restorative justice are discussed.

CJP-4102: Professional & Practical Issues

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of workplace and professional issues in the field of criminal justice. Further, this course will foster an understanding of various career opportunities in the Criminal Justice Field with practical discussions and presentations from employment representatives. The course assists students in preparation to enter the workplace, including: designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches, information interviewing and presentation of oneself at a job interview.

Term 4

PSIF-4103: Field Experience

This course is designed to expose the student to a work environment which approximates his or her career goals. Classroom and field experience are blended to afford the student an opportunity to obtain practical experience in a wide variety of security enforcement/criminal justice agencies. Field experience allows for an expansion of career horizons and other goal setting based on practical learning and observation. Each student will gain at least 40 hours but optimally 120 hours of supervised field work practice occurring over a three week period in term four.

PSI-4013: Civilian Authorities

This course examines training and core occupational competency requirements relating to civilian powers of arrest and use of force. Criminal Code authorities regarding powers of arrest and breach of the peace authorities are studied along with pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students interpret elements of selected Criminal Code offences. The Trespass to Property Act and Liquor Licence Act are also studied and authorities to act under those Provincial Statues are explained. The authority to use force and The Use of Force Model are discussed.

PSI-4023: Private Investigation

This course details the rules of evidence. It explains how an investigation is guided by knowing the essential elements of any criminal or regulatory offence. Emphasis is placed on techniques of information gathering through interview and the collection of physical evidence. Interrogation and the handling of admissions and confessions is also discussed. Since private investigation and the process of interrogation are performed for a client and not for the Crown, the procedures necessary to maintain and promote good labour relations are also discussed.

PSI-4033: Strategies of Prevention

This course equips the student to problem-solve in the industry, using the concepts of risk management and corporate decision making in a Canadian legal context. The learned principles and concepts of loss prevention are applied in the classroom and home assignments. This course structures a practical guide to the design and implementation of countermeasures. It culminates in a major assignment in which the student must engage a private business manager to conduct a security survey. The student is required to prepare a full report offering alternative countermeasures for the security concerns that arise from his/her assignment.

CJP-4113: Conflict Management

Managing conflict is an essential skill pertinent to all human service professionals. Successful crisis intervention provides for the ability to proficiently defuse a situation before physical and/or emotional destruction occurs. This course is designed to develop the capability of the participant to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence. The conflict situation is examined from its inception through intervention. Various problem-solving skills and non-violent intervention techniques are taught. Students learn to recognize behaviour patterns that may lead to violent encounters and the appropriate legal responses to these encounters. These responses emphasize safety through awareness and preparation. Students who successfully complete this course receive certification by the Crisis Prevention Institute in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

PSI-4043: Technology and the Law

New technologies are increasingly altering the nature of crime, policing and security. Knowledge of these tools can offer police and security tremendously useful methods for combating criminal activities and enhancing community relations. This course introduces students to relevant and practical technologies associated with public safety, law enforcement, and security applications. Specific focus will be paid to biometrics, crime mapping, body-worn cameras, CCTV, drone technologies for law enforcement, communications technology, detection and surveillance technologies and global positioning satellite (GPS)

PED-4112: Fitness and Lifestyle Management for Protection, Security and Investigation

With the goal to successfully complete Bon Fide Occupational Requirements (BFOR), students continue to engage in a variety of physical fitness activity and self-directed study that promotes wellness, health and physical fitness.

CJP-3022: Emergency Preparedness

This course focuses on the coordinated efforts that are required to respond quickly and effectively to a broad range of emergencies from pandemics, to terrorist attacks to natural, man-made and deliberately planned disasters. Students focus on case-studies and problem-based learning. Guest speakers will provide students with a practical perspective of the various emergency response roles as well as detail the importance of interaction of responders at the scene.

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