The course provides an overview of the policy process and outcomes of the Canadian criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on examining, using various public policy and public management perspectives, the practices and interactions of governmental agencies within the system, such as police agencies and boards, departments of Justice, Solicitor-General, corrections and parole agencies, courts and the legal profession.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Identify the primary agencies and actors in the Canadian criminal justice system and assess how they relate to one another;
- Analyze and evaluate the operation of the criminal justice system for strengths and weaknesses in terms of accountability, transparency, independence, and oversight;
- Explain and examine the policymaking process and the relationship between politics and public policy;
- Recognize the challenges and unique nature of criminal justice policy; and
- Conduct basic legal and public policy research.
- The criminal justice system, criminal code, and media
- Public policy and criminal justice policy
- The constitution, executive and federalism
- Police governance, policing and politics
- Police accountability and oversight, Mr. Big
- Prosecution and defence
- Judiciary and courts
- Sentencing and sentencing policy
- Corrections and conditional release
- Victims’ rights
- Indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system
- Criminal justice reform
Prerequisite(s): 1 of POLS*2350, POLS*2250, POLS*2300
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations or semester levels during certain periods. Please see the departmental website for more information.
|LEGIS Info Policy Paper||25%|
|Sentencing Policy Paper||25%|
|Sentencing Policy Paper Review||5%|
|Mr. Big Documentary Discussion||5%|
|Online Final Exam||20%|
Additional Technical Requirements
This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.
This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:
An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Public Policy and Administration : Electives
*Course details are subject to change.