Criminal Justice

Upper Level Courses: 4000-Level

CJ-4100 Capstone Course in Criminal Justice:
This course provides an overview of the academic study of criminal justice. The course traces the intellectual history of the discipline and evaluates key issues and debates in its theoretical and philosophical development. Broader questions about the nature and scope of justice and criminal justice are also explored. The course orients students to the major areas of advanced criminal justice inquiry including criminal justice theory; law and the court process; policing; and punishment and corrections. Prerequisite: CJ-1101/6. Restriction: Criminal Justice majors.
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CJ-4105 Seminar in Youth and the Criminal Justice System:
This course will include an overview and critical examination of the important systemic and policy issues pertaining to youth and the criminal justice system. The key theme of the course is to evaluate the effectiveness of current youth justice strategies, interventions, and legal reforms and to develop informed strategies for change. Specific topics include an examination of public discourse on youth crime and justice
both in a historical and current context, the subjective social constructions of adolescents involved with the youth justice system, empirical research on the nature and extent of youth crime and a comparative analysis of the policy choices made in developing frameworks for responding to youth justice.
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CJ-4116 Program & Policy Evaluation:
This course examines methodologies for the formal assessment of social programs using quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry including survey, interview, observation and case study techniques. The political and social processes framing evaluation research are also discussed. The course requires a student project to apply lessons learned. Prerequisites: CJ-2101/3 or permission of the Instructor.
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Note: There is a lab component to this course, CJ-4116L - Program Evaluation - Lab   

CJ-4130 Advanced Criminal Law:
This course examines Canadian criminal law in depth with a particular emphasis on the constitutional issues affecting the disposition of the criminal trial. In addition, complex substantive areas are also surveyed. The course focuses on conceptually advanced criminal law areas including inchoate offences, advanced issues in defences, sexual offences, public order offences, offences against the state and against the administration of justice, and offences pertaining to group responsibility. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of legal research and reasoning through course assignments. Prerequisite: CJ-2130/3 and CJ-3130/3.
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CJ-4300 Critical Criminal Justice Theory:
This course examines some of the major critical theoretical perspectives of the social sciences. The course is intended of to offer an advanced discussion of Marxist, Foucaultian, and newly emerging critical realist perspectives as they are used to make sense of criminal justice. Prerequisite: CJ-2100/3

CJ-4400 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice:
This course studies specific topics in Criminal Justice at an advanced level. Students should consult the department regarding potential offerings in a given year. Requirement: permission of the Dept. Honours Chair. Note: This course may be taken more then once so long as the topic has changed.

CJ-4800 Research Field Practicum:
This is an applied course to give students the opportunity for field -based learning. In this course, students work to facilitate the research needs of selected community groups or organizations. Students will do most of their work on-site with an organization or group. Students are expected to apply their skills in research design, project management and data analysis to fulfill the placement requirements. Prerequisite: CJ-1101/6, CJ-2101/3, or permission of the Instructor.
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