Police Foundations


Course List

Term 1

CJP-1013: The Canadian Criminal Justice System

In this course, students acquire foundational knowledge and skills related to the development, structure and practical operation of the Canadian criminal justice system. The course is geared towards students who will become practitioners in the criminal justice field and will require knowledge of their role in relation to the justice process as a whole. Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity to critically analyze the various components of the justice system, as well as examine the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the system.

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.

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.

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 the student's understanding of 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 focuses on 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.

SOC-1003 : Sociology I

You will learn how people are affected by the society in which they live. Topics include sociology concepts, theories and methods, as well as the dynamics of Canadian society and Canadian social problems.

Term 2

CJP-1203: Criminology

Criminology seeks to understand the underpinnings of criminal and deviant behaviour. Students examine this behaviour through sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Students apply this knowledge in critical examination of Canadian and global crimes and statistics. A contemporary look at victimology and restorative justice is also provided.

CJP-1253: Ethical Reasoning

This courses focuses on ethical issues faced by the individual as a person and more particularly as a professional with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. It will help the student clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. The course will focus the students' minds on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.

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 a 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. Bureaucracy, mass media, political socialization, and public opinion polls as well as other aspects of the political arena will also be featured.

PSY-1213: Behavioural Health for First Responders

The current climate in first response demands that service providers be proactively prepared with a keen awareness of the demands of the job both personally and professionally. Students who take this course will develop essential self-awareness skills, enhance their knowledge of mental health issues in themselves and others, learn to foster collegiality through team work, and augment their understanding of the impact of workplace dynamics on one's mental health. Successful completion of the course will result in improved resiliency to meet the demands of a career in first response.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Academic Break

Academic Break

Term 3

CJP-4102: Professional and 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.

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.

PED-3082: Fitness and Lifestyle Management III

Based on the skills and knowledge gained in Lifestyle Management I and II, this course focuses on the practical application of bonified physical and occupational requirements needed in the profession of the Law Enforcement Officer. Emphasis is placed on students identifying current lifestyle behaviours and developing appropriate strategies, which would result in a healthier lifestyle. Students continue to work toward achieving fitness standards that will allow them to pass the PREP testing.

PFP-3023: Criminal Code

In this course, students examine and apply sections of the Criminal Code of Canada. Students analyze specific elements of selected offences including offenses against the person, against property, and against public order. Students research case law and assess its impact on criminal offences.

PFP-3043: Interviewing/Investigation

This course focuses on interviewing and investigation skills. Students develop the interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from victims, witnesses, and suspects. They also learn the basic steps of investigation including the practical development of note-taking and observation skills.

PFP-3104: Police Powers

This course focuses on police governance and accountability issues related to the Police Services Act, police complaints, and First Nation's policy, as well as management and labour issues. Legal authority and contemporary issues relating to use of force within the police occupation are examined. The Ontario use of force continuum is discussed in the context of officer safety. Further, this course examines pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their impact on the Canadian criminal procedure. Citizen and police arrest and release authorities, police powers of search and seizure with and without warrant, and police discretion and its implications are discussed. This course enables the student to become familiar with police terminology and to apply the procedures required to affect arrest, release and compelling the attendance of the accused to court. As police officers are among the few public servants authorized to use force, accountability measures must be established so this authority is not abused. The use of force and other powers granted to police make the issue of accountability more important for policing than for other professions. A practical knowledge of the variety of processes via which police are held accountable for their actions is invaluable to the law enforcement student. Powers of arrest, search and seizure granted to individuals participating in law enforcement provide authority, by statute, for the restriction and elimination of the rights and freedoms of individuals in Canadian society. A practical knowledge of these authorities and their application must be learned to protect the individual and their future employers from civil and criminal liability. Powers of arrest, search and seizure granted to individuals participating in law enforcement provide authority, by statute, for the restriction and elimination of the rights and freedoms of individuals in Canadian society. A practical knowledge of these authorities and their application must be learned to protect the individual and their future employers from civil and criminal liability.

PFP-4013: Provincial Offences

Students interpret and apply provincial statutes. Topics studied include arrest, search and seizure authorities, common offences and the involvement of non-police agencies. Statutes examined will be: Provincial Offences Act, Liquor License Act, Trespass to Property Act, Residential Tenancies Act (2006), the Blind Persons' Rights Act, Mental Health Act, Coroners Act, Child and Family Services Act, and the Family Law Act.

Term 4

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.

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.

PED-4082: Fitness and Lifestyle Management IV

Based on the skills and knowledge gained in Lifestyle Management I, II, and III, this course centers on the practical application of Bonified physical and occupational requirements needed in the profession of the Law Enforcement Officer. Emphasis is placed on students identifying current lifestyle behaviours and developing appropriate strategies, which would result in a healthier lifestyle. Students continue to work toward achieving fitness standards that prepare them to be successful with the PARE testing.

PFP-4023: Criminal Code and Federal Statutes

Students will analyze elements of offences related to weapons and the Firearms Act, controlled drugs and substances and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Provisions of other Federal Statutes and their relationship with the Criminal Code will also be examined.

PFP-4043: Investigation and Evidence

In this course, students examine the requirements of a continuing investigation. They learn the rules of evidence and develop the ability to apply the said rules in the collection and presentation of evidence in a court of law. Forensic requirements, statute law and other related issues are emphasized.

PFP-4084: Community Policing

This course examines the evolution of modern policing and the issues that have arisen to cause the established essential service to re-create itself to better address the functional demands made in the Information Age. This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of existing models of Community Policing and the importance of community involvement to help resolve issues and to sustain safe communities. Problem-solving models and alternate dispute strategies are examined.

PFP-3073: Traffic Management

Students develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to interpret and apply sections of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario and its regulations. As well, students practise locating topics in the act and regulations; master the definitions required to interpret traffic law; and apply the law concerning police authorities, driver's licences, permits and rules of the road. As well, students develop and use strategies and procedures to manage an accident scene.

CJP-4201: Integrated Emergency Response Capstone

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

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