On April 2, 100 4th year students in the Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) Criminal Justice program gathered in the G-Commons to present their thesis research projects. It was evident to see the amount of hard work that was put into each project. The students had the opportunity to present and share their research findings.
In addition to their instructors, a number of students in first, second and third year also visited the event, as well as individuals from partnering agencies. Representatives from Peel District School Board, Toronto Police Services, City of Toronto Court Services, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Child Development Institute all took a moment to visit each poster display to learn more about the various topics explored by the students.
“This capstone project”, explained Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Dr. Alyssa Ferns, “brings together the different learning that happens from 1st - 3rd year into the 4th year curriculum. Students are able to use the skills that they acquired throughout their studies to help them choose their own project and develop a research project around those topics.”
Some of the topics that students explored, included Sexual Assaults and Student Opinions – The Effect of #MeToo, Factors Contributing to Homicides in Toronto, Indigenous Youth in the System, and Exploring the Negative Impacts of Social Services on the LGBTQ + Community.
When asked how the capstone project helped her, one of the 4th year students responded, “It’s helped make me career ready. When you’re in the workforce you are going to need to articulate an argument and I felt this project allowed me to do that in a professional manner. [It also allowed me to] be able to meet with people who were experts in the field.”
The event concluded with closing remarks made by Associate Dean Dr. Joanna Amirault, and a special gift, as well as a delicious congratulatory cake, was presented to each student.
We would like to take the time to congratulate the BSS Criminal Justice graduating class of 2019 on a job well done!
“This capstone project brings together the different learning that happens from 1st - 3rd year into the 4th year curriculum. Students are able to use the skills that they acquired throughout their studies to help them choose their own project and develop a research project around those topics.”