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School of Criminology Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Correctional Studies

Certificate

This certificate is primarily for individuals who are interested in working within the correctional system, and also for students who wish to focus their criminology undergraduate studies on courses that relate to correctional practice and theory.

Units applied toward a certificate may not be applied toward any other Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma, but may be applied toward major program or minor program requirements, or toward a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for entry to the Correctional Studies Certificate program if:

  • they have been admitted to Simon Fraser University (or are in the process of being admitted); and
  • they have completed and received grades for the following course, with a final grade of C- or better:
    • CRIM 241-3 Introduction to Corrections

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 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*. Students whose CGPA falls below 2.25 cannot enrol in any upper division CRIM courses.

*transfer students who meet the Criminology program declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of six courses (18 units), including

CRIM 241 - Introduction to Corrections (3)

An examination of the organization, structure and operation of contemporary Canadian corrections. A consideration of the history and development of provincial and federal correctional systems. The role of sentencing in the correctional process and alternatives to confinement. Discussion of the social organization of correctional institutions, including the inmates, correctional officers, correctional treatment staff and administrators. Parole board decision making and the issues surrounding the re-entry of offenders into the community. Community-based corrections programs and outcomes. Prerequisite: CRIM 131.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Glen Brown
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
D101
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D102
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D103
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D104
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby

and five course chosen from

CRIM 315 - Restorative Justice (4)

The course will contrast restorative justice with the dominant adversarial/retributive/punitive model of justice through a critical analysis of these two paradigms of justice. Several key principles, assumptions, and concepts necessary for understanding the foundation and practice of restorative justice will be introduced and explored. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Morrison
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D102
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D103
Fr 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D104
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D105
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D106
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D107
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
CRIM 318 - Special Topics in Criminology (3) *

A critical analysis of specific areas of criminology or criminal justice. The subjects covered will change from term to term depending on the specific interests of faculty, or students and current issues in criminology. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

CRIM 319 - Special Topics in Criminology (3) *

A critical analysis of specific areas of criminology or criminal justice. The subjects covered will change from term to term depending on the specific interests of faculty, or students and current issues in criminology. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alexandra Lysova
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
CRIM 343 - Correctional Practice (3)

An in-depth consideration of a range of factors influencing contemporary correctional practice. The fundamental tension between the interests of offenders and the requirements of those managing correctional programs; the context provided by underlying theoretical assumptions about correctional practice and by influences such as public perceptions, politics and the economy. Prerequisite: CRIM 101. Recommended: CRIM 241.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicole Myers
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
CRIM 345 - Theoretical Perspectives on Punishment (3)

Examines theories of punishment in Western societies, with a particular emphasis on the 'revisionist' literature i.e. that which explains punishment techniques in terms of social-structural relationships rather than the rhetoric of reformers. The course also examines competing explanations of the demise of corporal punishment and the ascendence of incarceration at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, the advent of various kinds of 'community corrections' through the twentieth century, and changes in punishment and social control with the advent of 'risk society'. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nikolay Shchitov
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
CRIM 346 - Current Issues in Corrections (3)

In-depth critical assessment of contemporary issues faced by criminologists in relation to correctional operations and programming. Discusses current practices in corrections, including offenders' classification, criminological assessment, management of exceptional offenders and evidence-based programs offered to offenders. Prerequisite: CRIM 101. Recommended: CRIM 241.

CRIM 416 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *

A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brenda Morrison
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
CRIM 417 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *

A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Garth Davies
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
CRIM 418 - Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) *

A critical analysis of certain 'hot' issues in criminology and criminal justice. The topics covered change from term to term. Prerequisite: CRIM 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Barry Cartwright
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
CRIM 419 - Aboriginal/Indigenous Justice (3)

An in-depth examination of Aboriginal/indigenous conceptions of justice in dealing with crime and other trouble in indigenous communities, and in relations among peoples. Prerequisite: CRIM 101 or FNST 101 or 201 or permission of the instructor. Students with credit for this course as CRIM 416 or 418, or FNST 419, may not take this course for further credit.

CRIM 440 - Correctional Administration and Planning (3)

Theory and practice of organization and administration of correctional agencies. Particular attention is given to the political/bureaucratic interface in correctional administration, management styles, labour relations, management support systems and program planning. Identification and assessment of corrections management objectives. The relationship between corrections administration and other components of the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CRIM 101, 131 and 241. Recommended: POL 251.

CRIM 442 - Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3) *

An in-depth examination of the various community-based and institutional practices in promoting restorative processes, based on an examination and comparison of the values, philosophical approaches and outcomes of selected western and non-western models. Practices examined will include a range of restorative justice initiatives, including victim-offender mediation, family-group conferencing, multi-party mediation, and various circle remedies. This examination will include the application of restorative justice in the community, in schools and at all levels of the legal process (pre-arrest to post-incarceration and reintegration). Prerequisite: CRIM 315. Recommended: CRIM 343.

Additional relevant courses may be added to the list of optional courses as they become available.

Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites for all required courses.

Courses must be completed at Simon Fraser University unless permission of the undergraduate chair is granted upon admission to this program. See the school's academic advisor for further information.

* when offered as a correctional studies topic

Upper Division Course Access

Students with a minimum 2.25 CGPA are eligible to enrol in upper division Criminology courses upon successful completion of 60 units and Certificate declaration. Students pursuing the Certificate independent of a degree program will be eligible to access these courses without completion of 60 units; in these cases, 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.