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Criminology Practicum

INQUIRE EARLY CRIM 3345 (Criminology Practicum) is offered once annually in the winter semester. Students must contact the Practicum Coordinator by August 31st to be eligible for registration.
Course Code: CRIM 3345
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides the student with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the criminal justice field. Students will be exposed to the daily operations and informal and formal structure of a chosen agency. The theoretical and substantive roles played by each agency in the wider criminal justice context will be explored.

Course Content

  1. Information Seminar
    • Development of knowledge base regarding the agency, application process, employment standards, interview process, resume building, and professional expectations
  2. Interview Process
    • Scheduling and preparing for interview, organizing and submitting resume
  3. Practicum Experience
    • Field hours, weekly reporting, reflective journals, and network development
  4. Evaluation of Practicum Experience
    • Debrief and present work experience, self and agency evaluation, submitting term paper 

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a number of methods to accomplish its objectives but in all cases will include students being assigned to a criminal justice agency for a minimum of 100 hours during the semester. Other instructional methods employed may include:

  • Audio-visual materials
  • Group discussions
  • Guest speakers
  • Research assignments

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written outline with the specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. An example of the evaluation includes:

Research Paper  30%
Interview/Oral Evaluation  20%
Journal Critique  10%
Practicum Evaluation  40%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will have acquired work experience in a professional setting and be able to:

  1. Describe the basic role and operations of the agency
  2. Describe the formal and informal structures and governance of the agency
  3. Identify and describe the role(s) played by the agency in the wider criminal justice context
  4. Apply critical theory to the reality of daily operations of the agency
  5. Foster professional relationships and establish networking contacts
  6. Demonstrate accountability and professionalism through dress, conduct, and outlook
  7. Develop and refine oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  8. Assess personal performance and set goals for ongoing professional development
  9. Increase capacities for reflection and adaptation to experience and feedback
  10. Problem solve, think creatively and flexibly and take responsibility for own actions
  11. Report, share and reflect on practicum experiences with peers

course prerequisites

CRIM 2140

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.