Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRIM 1100
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course examines the Canadian Criminal Justice System from a systems approach. A criminal incident will be followed through the system from detection to apprehension of the offender to the end of any formal or informal disposition. The factors involved in the discretion, decisions and practices of the system, including statutory and voluntary agencies will be studied. The functions and dysfunctions of the system will be analyzed and current issues and reform initiatives will be reviewed.
Course Content
  1. The systems approach to the study of the Canadian Criminal Justice System.
  2. Sources of law and the role of government
  3. Criminal law and criminal justice in Canada
  4. Crime control philosophy and criminal justice policy
  5. Crime rates, crime trends, and perceptions of crime
  6. The Criminal Code of Canada and related Statutes
  7. The various parts of the Canadian Criminal Justice System and the impact these parts have on the cases passing through the system.
  • services for victims
  • the police
  •              policing roles, styles, and functions
  •              police powers and legal protection
  • the courts
  •              court role and structure
  •              major actors in the Canadian system
  •              sentencing
  • corrections
  •              probation and community corrections
  •              jails and penitentiaries
  •              conditional release
  •              parole (federal and provincial)
  • Current issues and challenges for reform such as:
    • criminal justice for youth
    • mental health
    • Indigenous justice
    • restorative justice
    • diversity
    • fear of crime
    • community-based policing
    • sentencing
    • community court
    • crime prevention
  • Future Directions
  • Methods Of Instruction

    The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:  lectures, and may include field trips, guest speakers, audio-visual presentations, debates, and individual readings by students.

    Means of Assessment

    Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The course will include multiple methods of evaluation including at least one written component. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.

    An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be: 

        

    Attendance and participation tasks 10%
    Group presentation (with written outline) 10%
    Annotated biolography 15%
    Term paper (e.g. argumentative essay, policy development, case analysis, journal, blogs, reflective essay) 20%
    Midterm (contains writing component such as short or long essay, critique, case analysis) 20%
    Final (contains writing component such as short or long essay, critique, case analysis) 25%
    Total 100%
    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

    1. Analyze criminal justice from a systems perspective
    2. Identify sources of criminal law and explain its relevance to criminal justice in Canada
    3. Describe crime control philosophy and its influence on criminal justice policy
    4. Analyze and interpret crime and victimization patterns and trends
    5. Explain the role of the public and media in criminal justice
    6. Describe the progression of an offender through the subcomponents of the Canadian criminal justice system
    7. Describe the structure and function of the following components of criminal justice:
    • the police
    • the courts
    • corrections
  • Identify current criminal justice issues and challenges for reform.
  • Textbook Materials

    Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:

    • Curt T. Griffiths, 2015. Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer, 5th Ed. Scarborough: Thomson Nelson.
    • Goff, Colin, 2016.  Criminal Justice in Canada , 7th Edition.  Scarborough: Thomson Nelson.
    • Roberts, Julian and Grossman, Michelle, 2016. Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader, 5th Ed. Scarborough: Thomson Nelson.

     

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    No prerequisite courses.

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Requisite for

    2140, 3340, 3355, 3376, 3380,4410, 4490

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX SOSC 1XX (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO CRIM 154 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PHIL 141 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2018/08/31
    College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR CRIM 131 (3) 2019/09/01 to -
    Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) JIBC INVE 1000 (1) or JIBC LAWS 1202 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRIM 1101 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    Langara College (LANG) LANG CRIM 1115 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    North Island College (NIC) NIC CRM 131 (3) 2006/09/01 to -
    Okanagan College (OC) OC CRIM 121 (3) 2013/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CRIM 131 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 131 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1XXX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 2521 (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CRIM 1319 (3) 2011/01/01 to 2016/08/31
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HUMA 1XX (3) 2010/01/01 to -
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 1st (3) 2005/05/01 to 2009/12/31
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 249 (3) 2010/01/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 2nd (3) 2010/01/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CRIM 103 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CRIM 131 (3) 2004/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Summer 2021

    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    Location
    22035
    Mon
    10-May-2021
    - 09-Aug-2021
    10-May-2021
    09-Aug-2021
    Mathesius
    Jeffrey
    Open
    Online
    Online synchronous. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    33
    2
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Mon
    18:30 - 21:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    Location
    22237
    Thu
    10-May-2021
    - 09-Aug-2021
    10-May-2021
    09-Aug-2021
    Ivers
    Amber
    Full
    Online
    Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    35
    0
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Thu
    9:30 - 12:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    Location
    22725
    Thu
    10-May-2021
    - 09-Aug-2021
    10-May-2021
    09-Aug-2021
    Mathesius
    Jeffrey
    Full
    Online
    Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    35
    0
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Thu
    9:30 - 12:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    Location
    24075
    10-May-2021
    - 09-Aug-2021
    10-May-2021
    09-Aug-2021
    Bogden
    Lorree
    Full
    Online
    All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    35
    0
    0
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    Location
    24076
    10-May-2021
    - 09-Aug-2021
    10-May-2021
    09-Aug-2021
    Bogden
    Lorree
    Open
    Online
    All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    34
    1
    0