Course Offerings - Fall 2015

PLST 2000

An Introduction to Policing in Canada: This course will examine the organization of policing, its mandate and operation. It will provide an overview of the history and development of policing in Canada; examples from Newfoundland and Labrador will be used where appropriate. It will discuss the various roles and responsibilities of the police in society. It will explore the issue of police decision making, the exercise of police powers, and the use of discretion by police officers. Several other issues relating to policing will be discussed including police recruitment and training, the professional role of the police, stress on the job and policing in a diverse society.

PLST 2200

2200 Introduction to Corrections introduces students to the Correctional Systems in Canada and their role in Canadian Criminal Justice. Topics covered in this course include: the evolution of punishment and corrections in Canada, the purpose of prison, the classification of federal prisoners, the prisoner subculture or ‘inmate’ code, violence inside prisons, and community corrections after full custody incarceration.

PLST 3000

Crime Victims and Policing: This course will provide an opportunity to explore contemporary victim issues, in particular, as they relate to enhancing police response and sensitively to the needs of victims. The course will explore different types of victimization. Students will develop their capacity for critical analysis and understanding by examining the impact that involvement in the CJS can have on victims. It will discuss the role the victim can play in bringing about progressive and positive changes in CJS. The course will consider recent legislative developments, programs and services and emerging issues. The course will present the students with information about how victim engagement can promote public confidence in the administration of justice and how important the police role can be in this engagement process. It will also consider the impact on the police officer of ongoing interaction with trauma and victims.
Prerequisites: A minimum of 60 credit hours, including Police Studies 2000 and two additional courses from the Elective Courses List.

PLST 3100

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice: This course examines the gendered aspects of criminal offending, victimization, criminal justice responses (police, courts, corrections), and workers in the criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: a minimum of 60 credit hours including PLST 2000 and Sociology 1000

PLST 3500

Investigative Interviewing will introduce students to investigative interviewing. It covers a range of topics that will help develop and/or improve the interviewing skills of those working in various disciplines where professional interviewing skills are essential.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.

PLST 4000

Advanced Issues in Policing provides in depth discussion of various aspects of policing. It will discuss how social, economic and political factors influence the challenges of policing in a democratic society. It will look at police powers of arrest, search and release and how they are affected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The different types of offences found in the Criminal Code and the special knowledge required to police them will be covered. The course will consider the use of police discretion, police misconduct and accountability and ethics in policing. It will also look at officer safety and stress in the work place. Several special topics related to policing will be discussed including: policing persons with mental illness, policing drug related offences, and policing racially diverse communities.

Prerequisite: a minimum of 60 credit hours, including PLST 2000 and 9 additional credit hours from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses for the Major in Police Studies under Police Studies