Fundamentals of Correctional Practices

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Overview

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.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

  • 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.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community Services and Support.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
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. 28 hours.
LAWSPF111 Canadian Criminal Justice System Explore the history, function, role and organization of Canadian Law enforcement services and contemporary issues. 42 hours.
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. 28 hours.
SSCI10061 Criminology Introduction

Criminology seeks to understand the underpinnings of criminal and deviant behavior. Examine this behavior through sociological, biological and psychological perspectives and apply this knowledge in critical examination of Canadian and global crimes and statistics. Provides a contemporary look at victimology and restorative justice. 42 hours.

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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. 28 hours.
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 hours.
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. 28 hours.
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. 45 hours.

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. 

Course Code Course Name Fall
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Spring
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LAWS10152 Penology

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LAWSPF111 Canadian Criminal Justice System

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SAFE10091 Safe and Secure Environments OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
SSCI10061 Criminology Introduction OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
LAWS10151 Correctional Practices OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
LAWSPF305 Youth in Conflict with the Law OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
PSYC10026 Special Populations 1 OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
PSYCSS021 World of Abnormal Psychology

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Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

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Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

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Career Opportunities

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.