Learning Outcomes for the CJPP BA Program

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) program provides students with a challenging and exciting course of study that helps our graduates become the best in their fields. The CJPP major combines sociological and political science perspectives to better appreciate the real-world public policy dimensions of the criminal justice system.

Graduates of the BA in CJPP program will be able to explain and evaluate the causes and contexts of crime, and the interrelated challenges faced and caused by criminal justice systems. Students will investigate the links between law, public policy, and social and criminal justice in a rich multidisciplinary social sciences framework.

Students will acquire and learn to apply their knowledge to deal with current issues in preparation for: (1) employment in government and policy work, (2) social services, law enforcement, and community-based organizations that deal with issues of crime and justice and/or (3) post-graduate studies in criminology, sociology, criminal justice, law, public policy, and political science.


Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy program will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Understand the development and functions of major criminal justice institutions (e.g., police, courts, corrections) and the alternatives to the formal system, the activities of actors within these institutions, and how they relate to one another within the broader social, political, and economic world.
  2. Describe the central institutions and processes of government, the legal system, policymaking and, civic engagement in Canada.
  3. Evaluate diverse perspectives about local, national, or transnational political issues.
  4. Apply theories related to the practices and policies of the criminal justice system and its major institutions from multidisciplinary perspectives
  5. Evaluate the mechanisms, correlates, theoretical underpinnings, and situational contexts of crime, criminal behavior and opportunity, and techniques for prevention and treatment.
  6. Evaluate the disciplinary limits of knowledge about the causes and consequences of crime.
  7. Conduct research in criminal justice and public policy with appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  8. Communicate effectively and professionally in written and oral forms using appropriate terminology and technology.