Community and Justice Services
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
Notice:Beginning in Fall 2017, the Community and Justice Services program will no longer be offered. Applications to Year 2 are still being accepted for Fall 2016.
About the ProgramThe first year of the Community and Justice Services program is shared with the Protection/Security and Investigation program and the Police Foundations program. This common first year provides a broad theoretical and general base of studies in the social sciences and humanities, the Canadian justice system, and careers in policing, security and corrections. The Community and Justice Services program courses are directed towards the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills required for employment within the field of criminal justice, with attention to correctional institutions or community-based intervention and reintegration.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 60
- Applicants who wish to enter Community and Justice Services must first apply to, and successfully complete, the first year of the Protection, Security and Investigation program, or its equivalent.
- Successful completion of year one of the Protection, Security, and Investigation program, or its equivalent
- Please note: Where the number of applications to Community and Justice Services exceeds available space, students may be admitted based on overall academic performance.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Final acceptance is based on a review of the admission requirements.
- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to off-campus experiences such as field workshop courses. Successful completion of all courses is required for students to progress to program completion. Students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field visits which could jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for visits is at the discretion of the agency (e.g. correctional institutions); some organizations may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of the date of the visit. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
- Applicants should be aware that some employment opportunities require that certain physical, legal driving age and health standards, including vision standards, be met.
- Applicants who do not have a clear Police Check for Vulnerable Sector are advised that employment opportunities in the community safety sector may be difficult to obtain.
- Applicants should be aware that a high level of physical fitness is required for correctional services staff.
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Level C may be required by employers and may provide an advantage to students seeking volunteer positions.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates may find employment in the following areas: correctional organizations, government/public policy, and community reintegration services. The average salary in correctional services is $65,000. The salary range in community-based services is very broad.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|LAW1010||Law Enforcement Careers
Description: This course is designed to broaden the students' knowledge of the various law enforcement careers available to them. An in-depth look at the duties, responsibilities, salary, hiring requirements, employment standards, and legislation of specific fields is included.
|LAW1020||Introduction to Law
Description: The student will receive an introduction to Canadian law and the legal system by becoming familiar with the language of the law and terminology used throughout the administration of justice. Recognition of how “law” is established through judicial and legislative authority will be gained and the concepts and principles which form the structure of both civil and criminal law will be learned. The foundation of all government authority will be examined through an introduction to the Constitution Act, 1982, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Completion of this course will serve as the framework for the more practical applications of law developed in the progressive semesters.
|LAW1060||Canadian Criminal Justice System
Description: This course provides an overview of the Canadian Criminal Justice System with a particular emphasis on the history, function, role and organization of Canadian law enforcement services. It will examine the major components of the criminal justice system from enforcement through the courts to correctional services.
|LAW1550||Introduction to Ethics and Values
Description: This course 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.
Description: In this course students will analyze specific elements of selected Criminal Code offences. These include offences against the person, against property and against public order. Students will research case law and assess its impact on criminal offences and use case law to argue or defend decisions. Students will also develop police report writing skills.
|SOC1010||Sociology And Canadian Society
Description: This course deals with the systematic study of groups and societies. The focus is on the analysis of Canadian social institutions and the social processes that impact upon our everyday lives. A major emphasis will be placed on the pluralistic nature of Canadian society. Current data is drawn upon to convey the fundamental principles and concepts of sociology in a framework that is relevant to the Canadian student.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|FIT1090||Vocational Fitness Standards I
Description: This course will introduce students to relevant bona fide vocational physical performance standards, assess their physical abilities against the identified test criteria and provide test-specific coaching.
|LAW1140||Powers, Authorities And Liabilities In The Private Sector
Description: The course is designed to focus on the authorities and liabilities of a private sector investigator. The course will examine in detail the Private Investigator and Security Guards Act as well as provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Criminal Code of relevance to private sector investigators. The course will examine tort liabilities identify legal concerns; explore ethical issues and professional standards; review evidence issues; and review litigation issues of special significance to private investigators, including private prosecutions, private search warrants, privilege of investigation reports and evidence.
Description: This course provides an examination of various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour including the sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Criminological theory is related to various types of criminal activity. The reality of crime in Canada including victimology is examined through crime statistics and correlates of criminal behaviour. The impact on theory on the development and effectiveness of the criminal justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future trends within the system. This course is part of the Law Enforcement and Investigation program.
Description: Human rights and diversity issues play an important role in Criminal Justice practice. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine current issues and social problems relating to our current laws and multi-cultural society. It will provide an understanding of criminal law, investigations, and corrections in the context of today's diverse society. Students will also examine the issues surrounding race, gender, social class, crime, and their impact on the criminal justice system.
Description: In this course students will critically identify and examine issues in cultural diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including: race, ethnicity, and religion. Incorporating social and legal explanations of diversity, students develop an understanding of the impacted groups and develop interaction strategies which demonstrate respect of diversity.
Description: This course is designed to develop the ability of the participant to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence. The conflict situation will be examined from its inception through intervention by either police or other law enforcement agencies. Various problem-solving skills and non-violent intervention techniques are discussed along with intervention strategies directed toward specific incidents. Behaviour patterns that may lead to violent encounters are analyzed and the appropriate legal responses to these encounters are learned. These responses emphasize both officer and public/client safety through awareness and preparation.
Description: This course will follow the young offender through the criminal justice system. In addition, the student will be able to summarize and appraise disposition alternatives which may be employed with a view to aiding and rehabilitating a young offender while facilitating public safety, in the context of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant legislation.
|CDEV2200||Career Preparation for Law Enforcement
Description: The Career Preparation course will introduce and prepare students for the application processes in the areas of security, corrections, policing, and Canadian Border Services Agency.
|COMM2180||Applied Communications in Corrections
Description: This course is designed to enable students to enhance and apply the language skills learned in Basic Writing Skills to longer, more advanced projects. Students will develop and enhance their reading, listening, and observational skills and also acquire effective presentation skills. They will complete exercises that familiarize them with professional communication practices including various techniques used in speaking to groups and each student will be required to make a presentation. Additionally, they will write notebook entries and incident reports following guidelines used by community and institutional justice agencies.
|CRIM2010||Introduction to Correctional Theory and Practice
Description: This course examines the purpose of punishment and systems of corrections in society. The history, structure and operations of Canada's federal and provincial correctional systems will be investigated. Diverse correctional practices from incarceration to conditional release and community based sanctions will be examined. Critical issues challenging correctional systems will be investigated from legal and moral perspectives.
|CRIM2035||Community Justice Field Workshop 1
Description: This is an opportunity for students to tour different correctional facilities and gain a better understanding of work in a corrections setting. Students will have the opportunity to express ideas and share experiences with fellow students in an integrative seminar. In addition they will have to complete a 10 hour volunteer experience with a directly related community agency.
|LAW2090||Correctional Law and Practice
Description: Students will examine in detail, the key legislation impacting on community and institutional corrections: i.e. the Ministry of Correctional Services Act, Truth in Sentencing Act, Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Prison and Reformatories Act, Corrections and Conditional Release Act. etc. Students will look at the legislation with the impact on the offender and restrictions placed on the institution in order to fulfill their mandate.
|PSYC2020||Psychology and Mental Health in Public Safety
Description: This course will introduce students to the nature of and experiences of mental health issues and their impact on individuals with mental health issues in their interactions with public safety practitioners. It will also focus on measures at the individual and community levels for promoting mental health. Topics will include: mental illness and recovery; community mental health and mental health services; social support and coping.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|CRIM2025||Case Management and Interviewing Techniques
Description: The course will incorporate the distinct importance of the offender, the corrections worker, and the setting in which their interactions occur. Topics will include offender intake assessment institutional case planning, Parole Board decision-making process, and community supervision. Techniques of counseling and case management are discussed and practiced. Participants will improve their counseling and interpersonal skills through discussions, practical exercises, and videotaped sessions.
|CRIM2040||Principles of Community Reintegration
Description: One of the ultimate goals of corrections is to reintegrate the offender into the community. This module will provide the student with comprehensive, up-to-date, objective knowledge of the procedures, practices, and personnel that constitute probation, parole, and other community-based sanctions.
|CRIM2075||Community Justice Field Workshop 2
Description: This is a continuation or CJ Field Workshop 1. Students will be able to tour both community and institutional work settings. They will have the opportunity to express ideas and share experiences with fellow students in an integrative seminar. In addition they will complete a 10 hour volunteer experience with a directly related community justice agency.
|CRIM2080||Community Program Development
Description: Participants in this module will study the basics of designing effective rehabilitation programs for offenders in the community. Goal setting, strategies for attitude change, and session planning will be examined.
|FIT1100||Vocational Performance Standards II
Description: This course will provide students with performance-specific coaching related to bona fide vocational physical performance criteria, and assess their physical abilities against the relevant test criteria.
Description: This course focuses on ethical issues and the application of ethical principles by professionals with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. The course will focus on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.
|SOC1020||Contemporary Social Issues
Description: This course identifies and examines the social construction, causes and consequences of various social problems in contemporary Canadian society. Using current social science paradigms and theories, students will analyse the problems and explore potential responses from a professional viewpoint. Topics will include: crime, violence, family problems, illness & healthcare, social stratification problems, ageism, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
- Work and communicate in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice, a respect for self, others, and relevant law and legislation
- Employ all relevant security techniques to ensure the protection of the public, and the security of the staff, and clients in institutional, residential, and community settings
- Intervene with clients, individually and in groups, in order to address and manage problems and to facilitate constructive behaviour change
- Observe, monitor, record, and assess client behaviour accurately, and respond appropriately in compliance with legal and organizational requirements
- Assist in the prevention and resolution of conflict, crisis, and emergency situations using methods consistent with legal requirements and organizational policy
- Establish and maintain constructive relationships with clients, staff, professionals, and the community
- Participate in program planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation to meet the needs of clients, staff, and administration within the organizational environment
- Apply knowledge of social sciences concepts when interacting with clients, staff, professionals, and the public
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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