Post Baccalaureate Diploma Programs

Diploma requirements at Simon Fraser University include an undergraduate degree and thirty semester hours of upper division courses. (Students must ensure that they have the necessary lower level prerequisites for all courses in which they enroll. The School of Criminology offers three distinct options through the Post Baccalaureate Diploma, one in Criminology, the second in the Legal Studies program and the third in Police Studies.

Criminology

Criminology Application Form  

This program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than criminology to expand their knowledge of criminology through a recognized program. Students pursue individual interests in specific criminology areas. The program is available through distance education, at the Burnaby and Vancouver campuses.

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

Program Requirements

  • completion of lower division prerequisite courses CRIM 101, 131 and 135
  • successful completion of an approved program comprised of 30 units of third and fourth year courses
    of the 30 units, a minimum of 15 must be CRIM courses numbered 300/400 and the remaining from any upper division on-campus or distance education courses, or a combination of both
  • minimum 2.5 GPA on courses applied toward the diploma
  • completion of the diploma within five years of admission to the program

For information, contact the advisor in criminology.

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon Post Baccalaureate Diploma declaration. Completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

Application Deadlines

Students must make separate application for admission to the University, in accordance with University deadlines for the appropriate term.

Applications received by the school after the deadline will be considered only if resources permit following consideration of those applications received on time.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies Application Form

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

Program Requirements

Students complete 30 approved upper division units, ensuring that they have the necessary lower division prerequisites for all courses in which they enrol.

Students complete both of

  • CRIM 332 - Sociology of Law (3)
  • CRIM 338 - Philosophy of Law (3)

Concentrations

In addition, students select one of the following concentrations and complete all of the courses listed.

Criminal Law

  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 330 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
  • CRIM 331 - Advanced Criminal Law (3)
  • CRIM 335 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
  • CRIM 438 - Wrongful Convictions and Other Miscarriages of Justice (3)

Women and Law

  • CRIM 317 - Prostitution in Canada (3)
  • CRIM 333 - Gender, Law and the State (3)
  • CRIM 334 - Law and Human Reproduction (3)
  • CRIM 335 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
  • CRIM 432 - Gender in the Courts and the Legal Profession (3)
  • GSWS 411 - Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4) *

* when offered as the topic Women and the Law

Psychology and the Law

  • PSYC 376 - Experimental Psychology and Law (3)
  • PSYC 379 - Clinical Forensic Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 476 - Topics in Psycholegal Psychology I (4)
  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)

Education and Law

  • EDUC 445 - Legal Context of Teaching (4)
  • EDUC 446 - Law for the Classroom Teacher (4)
  • EDUC 448 - Teaching about Justice, Law and Citizenship (4)

Business, Economics and the Law

  • ECON 427W - Industrial Organization: Law and Economics (3)
  • BUS 393 - Commercial Law (3)

Fundamental Rights and Law

  • CRIM 335 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)
  • PHIL 320 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
  • POL 324 - The Canadian Constitution (4)
  • POL 417 - Human Rights Theories (4)

Additional Required Courses

To total 30 units, students choose additional courses from the Legal Studies Minor Program electives list as shown below. Exemptions and replacements for required courses may be granted by the criminology associate director who is responsible for undergraduate programs.

  • ECON 427W - Industrial Organization: Law and Economics (3)
  • BUS 393 - Commercial Law (3)
  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 331 - Advanced Criminal Law (3)
  • CRIM 333 - Gender, Law and the State (3)
  • CRIM 335 - Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
  • CRIM 336 - Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation (3)
  • CRIM 416 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) **
  • CRIM 417 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) **
  • CRIM 418 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) **
  • CRIM 432 - Gender in the Courts and the Legal Profession (3)
  • CRIM 436 - Corporate Crime and Corporate Regulation: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 437 - Crime and Misconduct in the Professions (3)
  • CRIM 438 - Wrongful Convictions and Other Miscarriages of Justice (3)
  • EDUC 445 - Legal Context of Teaching (4)
  • EDUC 446 - Law for the Classroom Teacher (4)
  • EDUC 448 - Teaching about Justice, Law and Citizenship (4)
  • PHIL 320 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 321 - Topics in Moral Philosophy (3)
  • POL 324 - The Canadian Constitution (4)
  • POL 344 - International Law (4)
  • POL 346 - International Organization (4)
  • POL 351 - Immigration, Integration, and Public Policy in Canada (4)
  • POL 417 - Human Rights Theories (4)
  • POL 459 - Selected Topics in Governance (4)
  • WL 303 - Global Culture and Its Discontents (4)


Check with the school for additional relevant courses.

Declared Criminology Students may not take CRIM 301 for credit.

*when offered as a legal topic

**when offered as the topic Women and the Law

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon Post Baccalaureate Diploma declaration. Completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements


Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.

Police Studies

Police Studies Application Form

This program is for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed CRIM 101 and 251 with a grade of C- or better before being admitted.

Admission, Program Declaration, and Continuation

Applicants must meet university undergraduate admission deadlines as shown in this Calendar. Application forms and official documents must be submitted to Student Services. In addition to applying for University admission, students apply in writing to the School of Criminology's advisor for certificate program declaration.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a 2.25 CGPA. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

Prerequisites

Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required and elective courses. The school does not routinely waive the completion of prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students cannot obtain credit for both the minor in police studies and this post baccalaureate diploma program.

Students complete a total of 30 units, chosen from the following list, or from any other 300 or 400 division course that is designated as a police studies course from either the School of Criminology (e.g. Special Topics courses), or from another department such as First Nations Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Computing Science, Department of Psychology, etc.).

See the School of Criminology's academic advisor for further information.

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

  • CRIM 311 - Minorities and the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)
  • CRIM 429 - Indigenous Peoples and International Law (3)

Forensic Studies

  • CRIM 355 - The Forensic Sciences (3)
  • CRIM 356 - The Forensic Sciences II (3)
  • CRIM 357 - Forensic Anatomy (3)
  • CRIM 451 - Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science (3)
  • CRIM 452 - Skeletal Pathology and Criminalistics (3)

Restorative Justice

  • CRIM 315 - Restorative Justice (4)
  • CRIM 442 - Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3)

Cybercrime

  • CRIM 380 - Introduction to Cybercrime (3)
  • CRIM 480 - Computer Forensics and Cybercrime (3)
  • CRIM 481 - Advanced Issues in Cybercrime (3)

Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention

  • CRIM 352 - Environmental Criminology: Theory and Practice (3)
  • CRIM 433 - Communities and Crime (3)
  • CRIM 457 - Crime and Criminal Intelligence Analysis (4)

Special Types of Offenders or Crimes

  • CRIM 310 - Young Offenders and Criminal Justice: Advanced Topics (3)
  • CRIM 316 - Sexual Offenders and Sexual Offences (3)
  • CRIM 317 - Prostitution in Canada (3)
  • CRIM 413 - Terrorism (3)
  • CRIM 454 - Criminal Profiling (3)
  • CRIM 459 - Organized Crime (3)

Key Issues in Policing

  • CRIM 314 - Mental Disorder, Criminality and the Law (3)
  • CRIM 351 - Police Accountability and Ethics (3)
  • CRIM 410 - Decision-making in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRIM 453 - Policing Illegal Drug Markets (3)
  • CRIM 455 - Advanced Issues in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 456 - Investigative Psychology in Policing (3)
  • CRIM 458 - Community Policing (3)
  • CRIM 465 - Crime, Economics, and the Economy (3)

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon Post Baccalaureate Diploma declaration. Completion of lower division prerequisite courses may be required.

Graduation Requirements


Students must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For graduation, students must obtain a minimum 2.25 CGPA, 2.25 UDGPA, 2.25 Criminology program CGPA, and 2.25 Criminology program UDGPA.