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Students are expected to gain a broad foundation in liberal arts and science (especially the social sciences) on which to build their Human Justice program, and so will concentrate on the Faculty's core requirements in the early stages of their program.

BHJ students shall sequence JS 210 (Introduction to Justice) and 290/291 (Introductory Practicum) among the first five Human Justice courses taken.  Students should take JS 230 and 380 as soon as possible after JS 201 and 290/291.  JS 230 and 380 must be taken before the Advanced Practicum (JS 490, 491, 492).

JS 490/491/492 (Advanced Practicum) is the capstone of the BHJ program, and should be taken near the end of the student’s program. The Advanced Practicum is equivalent to a full course load. Only in exceptional circumstances will students be permitted to take extra courses while doing their Advanced Practicum.

The curriculum for the BHJ is grounded in an adult education model of learning; students choose their courses based upon their own professional and personal interests. The areas of concentration in the Bachelor of Human Justice are criminal justice, restorative justice, social justice, and chuman rights. Students are counselled to balance courses that reflect an array of justice themse with a cluster of courses pertaining to specific justice topics of interest. Such a cluster may include approved cognate courses as well as JS courses. Students are encouraged to consult the Department for academic advice. Upon completion of 33 credit hours within the Bachelor of Human Justice, students are expected to declare their concentration, if any, within the program. Gaining Professional Experience

Professional education involves the acquisition of knowledge and skills not only through academic study but also through supervised practice. To ensure that graduates have developed a sound appreciation of professional practice, the program requires two semesters of practicum experience, JS 290/291, Practicum I (Introductory) Field Placement and Seminar, and JS 490, 491, 492, Practicum II (Advanced) Field Placement, Seminar and Paper. Practicum I (Introductory) Field Placement and Seminar (JS 290/291)

A 65% program average is required to enroll in JS 290/291.

JS 290 consists of a work placement (typically three days per week) in an approved organization. The course is graded pass/fail, and earns 6 academic credits. JS 290 is a pre-requisite. Integration of academic work and practicum work is provided in the corequisite JS 291, a numerically-graded, 3-credit-hour academic seminar that includes discussion of justice issues as well as assignments. Students may not register in more than 6 credit hours in addition to JS 290.291 (for a total of fifteen credit hours in the semester). JS 290/291 must be among the first five Human Justice courses taken. For the application procedure, refer to the end of this section below.

Students with substantial professional experience who can demonstrate an ability to integrate justice issues with practice may apply to the Head to have JS 290/291 waived. Nine credit hours of JS electives will be substituted. The application must include:

  1. a letter to the Head requesting the waiver and a summary of the reasons for the request.
  2. a résumé of work and volunteer experience that includes signatures of employers or agencies verifying the experience.
  3. an essay of 8-10 pages which integrates justice theory and concepts with the applicant's work and volunteer experience. It must include a bibliography and be typed, double-spaced, and written in correct academic style. This essay will be reviewed by the Justice Studies faculty and must demonstrate a thorough grasp of justice concepts and their integration and application to the applicant's work.
  4. Students who are considering applying for a waiver should contact the Department of Justice Studies Head before submitting an application. Practicum II (Advanced) Fieldwork, Seminar and Paper (JS 490/491/492))

A 70% average on courses used towards the HJ major is required to enroll in JS 490/491/492.

The advanced practicum occurs at the end of a student's program. It is an opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge that has been acquired throughout the program. The advanced practicum experience involves one semester of full-time work in an approved setting (with prior permission the practicum can be taken part-time across no more than two consecutive semesters by registering for nine credit hours in the first semester and six credit hours in the second). Advanced practicum students can expect to be given a good deal of responsibility in their placements. In addition to working 4 days per week, students attend practicum seminars to further the link between theoretical learning and practical application. For those students who have considerable professional experience in a justice context, other advanced practicum options are available.

JS 490/491/492 are offered in the Fall and Winter semesters, and normally in Spring and Summer, depending on demand and resources. Students interested in an International Practicum II (Advanced) should apply to the Head of the Department a year in advance to ensure that there is adequate time for all arrangements to be completed.

Students wishing to complete the concentration or certificate in Criminal and Restorative Justice (Corrections and Public Safety) must secure an advanced practicum field placement in the corrections field (in either a community-based or institutionally-based program) which provides experience in case management with clients Those who have completed their advanced practicum in a different field may be allowed to substitute additional course work. Consideration may be given for appropriate work experience. Please consult the Department of Justice Studies. Application Procedure for JS 290/291 and JS 490/491/492

Application forms for Practicum I (Introductory) and Practicum II (Advanced) are available from the Department, the Arts Student Services Office, and Federated College Registrars. The completed application must be submitted to the Department of Justice Studies (CL 343) by the following deadlines:

For JS 290/291:

  • For Winter semester, October 1st

  • For Fall semester, February 1st

For JS 490/491/492:

  • For Winter semester, October 1st

  • For Spring/Summer semester, October 1st

  • For Fall semester, February 1st Human Justice Courses

Since many JS courses have been re-numbered over the past several years, students must ensure that they do not register for courses they have already taken. If in doubt, please consult the Department.

See the Undergraduate Course Catalog for specific course descriptions.




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