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Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Social Science

Ministry Title: Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice
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Program Code: CJ411 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Bachelor of Social Science – Criminal Justice degree program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system, approaches to understanding why crime occurs, and opportunities to evaluate societal and individual responses to deviance and social problems. Providing a breadth of knowledge and experience, the curriculum combines both theory and applied practice with the objective of helping students to meet the dynamic demands of working in the justice sector. The curriculum combines both theory and applied skills, providing the breadth of knowledge and experience you need to meet the demands of working in this field. Emphasis is is placed on understanding the perspectives of special populations, marginalized groups, front-line professionals and members of the community who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The functions of societal institutions are also critically reviewed in our courses.

In the first year of study, students will participate in a social science foundation year (common platform with other students from the Faculty of Social & Community Services). In Years 2 through 4, the curriculum will then focus on content specific to the criminal justice system. Knowledge and critical skills will be developed through collaborative work to help prepare for a variety of fast-paced, ever-changing settings within the justice field. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches developed in relation to crime, victimization, criminalization, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, policy studies, law and correctional practice. Courses include an in-depth study of the nature and causes of crime, processes for managing crime, deviance and anti-social behaviour, victimization, mental health, community safety, approaches to rehabilitation, recidivism, social policy, restorative justice, and alternatives to incarceration.

Humber’s multidisciplinary teaching approach emphasizes critical thinking, analytical, organizational, research and strong writing skills. These are combined with the development of professional skills including communication, interpersonal skills, conflict management, problem solving, team building and leadership.

Courses Learning Outcomes


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Describe and critically examine a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within criminology and criminal justice and provide an evaluation of their application.

  2. Evaluate complex social problems in terms of criminological theories of crime, deviance, victimization, crime control and penal practice.

  3. Provide an analytical account of social diversity and inequality and their effects in relation to crime, victimization, crime control and penal practice.

  4. Analyze the value of criminological work as it applies to crime, crime victims, policing, criminal justice and penal policies.

  5. Outline and interpret the historical development of the Canadian Correctional System while discussing the core values and principles associated with the Criminal Justice System and evaluate the various ethical systems.

  6. Analyze the structure and operation of correctional facilities.

  7. Evaluate the complex role of the community in the Criminal Justice system while discussing the roles of the various players within the criminal justice system and the interdependence that exists among them.

  8. Identify the process of program management and measure the cost and effectiveness of correctional programs.

  9. Discuss the challenges and rewards of working with special populations in an institutional and community setting.

  10. Evaluate the effectiveness of institutional and community correctional intervention by comparing provincial, national and international jurisdictions while evaluating alternatives to the current correctional intervention strategies, with a view to anticipating future directions.

  11. Examine and apply a range of research strategies and methods and assess the appropriateness of their use.

  12. Formulate and evaluate criminological questions with clarity while analyzing the ethical implications of criminological research in a variety of applied research settings.

  13. Discuss criminological topics with an appreciation of criminological theory, of evidence, limitations, and of relevance to current debates and present conclusions in a variety of appropriate academic formats.

  14. Employ effective interpersonal communication skills and techniques to interact with clients, team members and the community overall, working effectively and assertively in groups or teams to achieve desired goals and resolve differing and/or opposing ideas and points of view through the use of effective conflict management skills.

  15. Acknowledge the limits of knowledge in the field of social science and criminal justice through academic writing and professional practices.

  16. Adhere to the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices to protect the health, safety and welfare of clients, the public and other professionals in the Criminal Justice System.

  17. Demonstrate ongoing self-reflection, self-awareness, self-confidence, self-direction, self-management and use resources to plan for and attain personal, career and work-related goals.


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Work Placement

Students engage in one 420 hour Field Experience on a full-time or part-time basis. Field Experience provides students with practical learning opportunities where they can apply theoretical and course-based content to a real-world job experience. These experiences, which are typically unpaid, are arranged with the assistance of a placement advisor.


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Industry Partnerships

Humber’s Faculty of Social & Community Services enjoys an excellent reputation within the criminal justice community, both locally and internationally.

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Student Success

Watch the video to find out more about how the program helped graduate Evan Harrison prepare to work in Criminal Justice.


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Our Professors

You will learn from expert Professors who bring both advanced degrees and a wealth of experience from the field to the classroom. Our Professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on learning to help you achieve the career you want.

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Ann Wallington

LLM – York University/Osgoode Hall Law School
MA - Central Michigan University 
BA - Laurentian University
Diploma - St. Francis Xavier University
Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Boards and Tribunals - Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators

 

Aqeel Saeid

PhD (Sociology) – University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
MA (Criminology) – University of Toronto
MA (Sociology) – University of Baghdad, Iraq
BA (Sociology) – University of Baghdad, Iraq
Diploma (Addiction Studies) – University of Toronto – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Ashley Hosker-Field

PhD - Brock University
MA - Brock University
BA - Brock University

 

Daniel Bear

PhD - The London School of Economics and Political Science 
MSc - The London School of Economics and Political Science 
BA (Honours) - University of California at Santa Cruz

 

Doug Thomson

DPhil – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
MSocSci – University of Natal, South Africa
BSocSci (Honours) – University of Natal, South Africa
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Emma Smith

PhD - Ryerson University and York University
MA - Wilfrid Laurier University
BA - Toronto Metropolitan University

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Greg McElligott

PhD – York University
MA – Carleton University
BA (Honours) – Carleton University
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Soheila Pashang

PhD – University of Toronto
MSW – York University
PGC – York University
BSW – Toronto Metropolitan University
Diploma (Counselling) – George Brown College
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Your Career

Your career will allow you to help contribute towards creating safe and healthy communities.

You may find yourself in a variety of roles such as:

  • border services officer
  • community crime prevention worker
  • court officer
  • federal parole officer
  • insurance fraud investigator
  • legal service worker
  • open custody youth worker
  • police officer
  • policy analyst
  • provincial or federal adult correctional officer
  • provincial probation or parole officer
  • provincial youth service officer
  • researcher
  • transportation enforcement officer
  • victim services worker

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings such as institutional or community corrections, police services, government agencies, social services and non-government organizations. Many students also go on to pursue graduate studies upon completion of this degree. 

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

The Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA)

Graduates may apply to become members of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA)

The Ontario Community Justice Association (OCJA)

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Community Justice Association (OCJA)

The International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA)

Graduates may apply to become members of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA).

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting November 6, 2020. Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
      • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
      • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Work Placement Agency Requirements

Once enrolled in the program and prior to commencing your work placement, you will require a vulnerable sector check. Obtained in preparation for the field placement experience, the field advisor will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,260.63
  • international: $19,386.64

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $300 – $500 - textbooks and supplies (per semester).

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a two or three-year diploma from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80% or better will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level. Diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required. View Terms & Conditions of Degree Scholarships.

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Emma Smith, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3433
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How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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