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Graduate Courses

PLST 800 - Research Design in Police Studies
The course critically examines issues and techniques relating to quantitative and qualitative social science research as it is related to police and justice studies. The course uses the case method as well as seminar and lecture formats. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PLST 800 or JS 800.*

PLST 801 - Multidisciplinary Theoretical Perspectives on Justice
An examination of the nature and foundations of justice in its various renderings, such as justice as retribution, desert, righteousness, equality, procedural fairness, and restoration of harmony and balance. The course draws upon religious thought, philosophy, legal concepts, economic and social theory, and Aboriginal cultures and teachings. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PLST 801 or JS 801.*

PLST 805 - Research Seminar
Students will undertake research topics on subjects relating to policing and present them to fellow students and interested faculty. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PLST 805 or JS 805.*

PLST 810 - Crime and Society
The course examines the social processes involved in the definition and measurement of crime. Students critically examine alternate theoretical explanations of these processes and issues in the conflict of law. The course uses the case method as well as seminar and lecture formats. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PLST 810 or JS 810.*

PLST 820 - Issues in Contemporary Policing
This course will provide students with a brief historical review of policing issues and an in-depth examination of the major contemporary issues facing policing today. Topics will include: community policing, professionalization, technology, international policing/investigation efforts, and training. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PLST 820 or JS 880.*

PLST 880AD - Contemporary Issues in Policing
This course focuses on issues in contemporary Canadian policing including the internal and external forces that are shaping police practices. A number of theories of police organizations are introduced and they provide a framework to better understand the behaviour of police organizations in the present, as well as how they will impact the futures of policing. *Note: Students may receive credit for one of PLST 880AD or JS 880AD.*

PLST 890AA - Social Science and Policing
This course will focus on an examination of Social Science research, theories, and models as they relate to policing. Topics include eye witness, interviewing, interrogation, and professionalization

PLST 890AB - Confiscation of Criminal Gains
An examination of the ethics, legality and effectiveness of confiscating "proceeds of crime" derived from the illegal drug trade of organized crime in Canada.

PLST 890AC - The Future of Policing
Students in this course examine trends in policing, with a focus upon the historical, social, demographic, political, and cultural factors that have shaped the policing industry and the future prospects for policing. A number of key themes are explored, including; community policing, the application of technology, police-social system partnerships, the management of high-risk offenders, specialized units, potential threats and opportunities (including changes in crime trends), and human resource management. Of key interest will be forecasting the future of policing in 2035, including Aboriginal and rural and remote policing in Canada.

PLST 890AD - Contemporary Issues in Policing
This course focuses on issues in contemporary Canadian policing including the internal and external forces that are shaping police practices. A number of theories of police organizations are introduced and they provide a framework to better understand the behaviour of police organizations in the present and the futures of policing.

PLST 890AF - Issues in Contemporary Public Safety
This course focuses on the organizations engaged in crime prevention activities in Canada; building on the concept of the safety and security web. Students critically evaluate the internal and external forces influencing public safety organizations, including organizational structures, the impact of technology, legal decisions, and economic conditions.

PLST 890AG - Police Administration and Leadership
This course focuses on the principles of police administration and leadership. Topics include the analysis of financial and human resource management, program implementation and reforming police organizations. This course also examines different models and styles of police organizational activities and leadership in these organizations.

PLST 901 - Research
Thesis Research

The graduate program has suspended admissions until further notice and offers courses only for those students completing their programs.