Fundamentals of Correctional Practices

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This program will focus on courses that relate to the law and those theories relating to corrections, inmates and young offenders. Students will have safety and security skills and the ability to apply their acquired learning in a practical fashion.

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of issues specific to working with unique client groups in the community and justice services field
  • Increase knowledge of the law and those theories relating to corrections, inmates and young offenders
  • Gain an understanding of essential institutional security duties
  • Examine a historical overview of corrections leading to the present penal system
  • Understand the effectiveness of various correctional strategies, such as probation, parole, electronic monitoring and boot camps
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  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

Recommended Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Students who struggle with communication or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre
  • Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access)
  • Students should be familiar with computers, word processing and email based systems prior to considering these courses. To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description Hours Delivery
LAWS10152 Penology Covers the history of corrections leading to the present penal system with focus on the prevailing ideologies and practices of the day. Examine the effectiveness of various correctional strategies such as probation, parole, electronic monitoring, and boot camps. Visit federal correctional facilities within the context of this course. 30 Online
LAWSPF111 Canadian Criminal Justice System Explore the history, function, role and organization of Canadian Law enforcement services and contemporary issues. 42 Online
SAFE10091 Safe and Secure Environments Gain an understanding of the legal parameters of correctional operations, the organizational framework of federal and provincial correctional services, and an overview of staffing models and responsibilities in secure environments. Establish a knowledge foundation for subsequent applications of security skills. 30 Online
SSCISS281 Criminology Examine various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour. You will relate criminology theory to various types of criminal activity, examine the reality of crime in Canada through crime statistics and correlations of criminal behaviour and discuss the impact of theory on the criminal justice system. 30 Online

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LAWS10151 Correctional Practices Essential institutional security duties are described and practiced including: key control, institutional counts, post security, personal and area searches, inmate escorts, inmate movement control, inmate segregation, control of contraband, admitting and discharge visits and correspondence, inventory control, transportation and mediations. Learn the techniques involved in writing security reports that meet institutional standards. 30 Online
LAWSPF305 Youth in Conflict with the Law Examine the handling of young offenders within the judicial system. Develop understanding of relevant legislation, detention, interviewing and processing, disposition alternatives, extra-judicial measures and rehabilitation options. Prerequisite: LAWSPF111. 42 Online
PSYC10026 Special Populations 1 Gain an awareness and appreciation of issues specific to working with unique client groups in the community and justice services field. Examine the legislation, policies, procedures, and interventions appropriate to the following special needs populations: female offenders/clients and aboriginal offenders/clients and study population profiles as well as historical and theoretical perspectives. 30 Online
PSYCSS021 World of Abnormal Psychology Emphasis is on the study of the signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Discuss eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. 30 In Class or Online

This program may appeal to individuals that would like to work or volunteer in a corrections program, women's shelter, facility with youth at risk or individuals who have a special interest in criminal psychology and behaviour.