Community and Justice Services Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2021

See curriculum for: January 2022
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 07, 2021
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,106.70 per semester*
$8,169.14 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice, and a respect for self, others, and relevant law, policies and legislation.
  • Employ all relevant static and dynamic safety and security techniques to ensure the protection of the public, staff, and clients in institutional, residential, and community settings.
  • Collect information, observe, monitor, record and assess client behaviour accurately in compliance with legal and organizational requirements.
  • Assist in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict, crises, and emergency situations using intervention strategies as prescribed by relevant legislative requirements and industry certification and/or standards.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors and community justice stakeholders to maintain a productive, professional and safe working environment.
  • Engage in program planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation to meet the needs of clients, staff, community and administration within the context of an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Apply knowledge of the history, philosophy, and diverse models of corrective action, of detention, rehabilitation, and reintegration to decision-making and institutional practices.
  • Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-awareness, self-inquiry and reflection.
  • Work in a manner consistent with professional ethics demonstrating respect for self, others and relevant legislation, policies and procedures in a multi-disciplinary workplace.
  • Assess and respond to the strengths and needs of clients, including complex responses impacted by mental health, addictions and other social factors in order to support and promote positive change.
  • Promote inclusive practices within community and justice services to increase understanding within the community and meet the needs of diverse populations.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides an introduction to the democratic system of governance in Canada. It includes a description of the organization, structure, interaction, and administration of the three (3) levels of government. The course will introduce and identify the daily problems and issues faced by Canadians in a political context, including public opinion and special interest groups. Major themes explored include a brief introduction to political beliefs and values, an examination of cleavages within the Canadian population, the Canadian constitution, nationalism, and political culture and spectrum. These concepts will be examined in the current forum of the daily politics that unfold during the course. Students will begin to develop research writing skills and group discussion skills.

LAWS 326
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides an introductory overview of the Canadian Justice System. Special emphasis is placed on the criminal, civil and administrative justice systems. Contemporary issues affecting the systems will be analysed and discussed. Topics covered will include but not be limited to: an introduction to the nature of the law, the legal system, the court system, the legal profession and legal ethics, the Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, statutory interpretation, the role of the common law.

SOCI 123
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it can help us understand everyday life. Thinking sociologically involves challenging common assumptions about our world and seeing the connections between our individual experiences and the larger social context in which they occur. In so doing, we recognize our role in creating the social world, how it affects who we are and how we live, and our potential to change it. Students must complete one hour of self-directed learning per week to successfully complete this course.

SOCI 122
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory course develops a set of generic skills, that support studies at a post-secondary level and provide a foundation for the student's career success.

COMP 589
Units/ Hours: 45

This course prepares students to use technology efficiently and effectively in college and workplace environments. Topics include Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook), myCampus Portal, D2L, Internet, file management, collaboration tools, LinkedIn, and various social media platforms as they relate to professionalism in the field of Human Services. Course content is delivered through in-class labs using lecture, guided instruction, discussions, and hands-on activities, and through online self-directed learning (SDL) tutorials, articles and activities. Students will improve their technology skills and build a professional online image.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Semester 2

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to prepare students for effective and productive performances in their personal and professional life. The primary emphasis will be on the importance of acquiring theoretical information regarding how humans interact with each other, along with demonstrating the ability to practice these skills in the group, on field observation visits, in other classes and in general college life.Note: Enrollment is limited to students registered in the Community and Justice Services Program.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to introduce students to institutions and their residents. It will also give students an appreciation of the ways in which the system can impact on both staff and inmates.Note: Enrollment is limited to students registered in the Community and Justice Services Program.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course will introduce students to some basic principles and theories underlying the practice of interviewing and counselling techniques. Students will gain ample opportunity to develop their own abilities to interview and counsel more effectively and, therefore, be of greater benefit to clients they encounter in the community and justice services field.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course will prepare students to recognize, prevent, and/or effectively manage potentially dangerous situations of unacceptable behaviour. Those under stress or in a state of crisis find it hard to function 'normally,' thus making the task of correctional workers difficult and often hazardous. At the same time, correctional workers need to have the knowledge and ability to feel confident during crises and keep their stress as low as possible. With those skills, they will be most effective in managing the people for whom they are responsible.

Units/ Hours: 30

The student will explore the history of penology in Canada. Emphasis will be placed on modern practices in the field of penology with specific reference to Correctional Services Canada and the Solicitor General/Correctional Services.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to inform students of the primary responsibility of ensuring security in correctional and community facilities, and to provide them with an understanding of techniques available to them in that regard. Note: Enrollment is limited to students registered in the Community and Justice Services Program.

LAWS 136
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to provide the student with a broad knowledge of legislation and policies pertaining to working with young offenders. Students will also gain an in-depth understanding of the current system as well as emerging trends of service delivered in the areas of child and family services, welfare, mental health, and corrections available to young offenders and youth in Ontario.

GNED 154
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course students will critically examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequalities such as race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, in various social settings. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and learn how to apply possible strategies and practices to their professional and personal lives.

Semester 3

Units/ Hours: 520

Field placement in the second year is designed to afford the student an opportunity to relate theory and skills learned to correctional/youth work. While on placement, students will be supervised by an agency supervisor and will be visited for consultation by the instructor. Note: The student must be in good academic standing to qualify for placement.

Units/ Hours: 45

Effective community support agencies are critical to the rehabilitation of offenders. As a correctional worker, you should know the services that the various agencies offer. Further, it is important to understand that these services are shaped by philosophical, social policy, economic factors, political realities and have a history to their existence and evolution.

Units/ Hours: 45

Reporting on Placement covers report writing skills that are placement - oriented with the Correctional Worker Program. Students continue development of their written communication abilities. Assignments are related to the program and to placement situations.


Semester 4

Units/ Hours: 30

This course examines the description, causes, and treatments of abnormal behaviour patterns. An emphasis will be placed on these issues as they are presented within correctional settings.

Units/ Hours: 45

Our concern about crime and frustration over criminals are major issues that command our attention. Criminology is a multidisciplinary field that helps us understand and take action. Historically, it has offered many explanations that have influenced our reactions to and social policy toward crime and criminals. This course will consist of three main parts: definitions and measurement of crime, theories of crime, crime and society.

SOCI 159
Units/ Hours: 30

The student will look at the general area of moral philosophy and examine how a study of ethics is important. The course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals as citizens and professionals. It will assist students to clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision-making.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course will aim at further preparing students for effective and productive performance in the field. Students will be required to draw from their experiences while on block field placement, and identify and discuss topics in a meaningful manner. Note: Enrollment is limited to students registered in the Community and Justice Services Program.

Units/ Hours: 30

Groups are powerful influence systems that are found wherever humans live. Because of their impact on human behaviour, they have been implemented in correctional and community justice settings for some time, and their use is expected to increase. The understanding of groups and the acquisition of group work skills, can facilitate personal growth and change within the client population.

Units/ Hours: 30

This three-hour-per-week course will familiarize students with some aspects of the many behaviour management programs in operation, their advantages and disadvantages, including some ethical issues.Note: Enrollment is limited to students registered in the Community and Justice Services Program.

LAWS 201
Units/ Hours: 30

Learners will be exposed to current and emerging trends in areas related to Community and Justice Services. Some expected topic areas include drug and alcohol education, fitness and lifestyle, recreation and treatment trends affecting rehabilitation and reintegration.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.


Choose 1 of:

SOCI 232
Units/ Hours: 30

This course focuses on key determinants of health and the role of agencies and organizations within the Community and Justice fields . A particular emphasis will be placed on how needs are assessed and addressed to facilitate inclusion of marginalized individuals.

RECR 157
Units/ Hours: 30

Throughout this course, students will begin to investigate the concepts of physical fitness and overall wellness. Through practical learning and assessments, students will understand the importance of developing cardiovascular health, muscular strength and flexibility. This course will introduce a variety of tools useful when developing a healthy lifestyle. There will be a strong emphasis on the Fitness Test for Ontario Correctional Officer Applicants (FITCO).

In order to obtain the Indigenous Perspectives Designation, students must choose GNED128 as their Gen Ed Elective.