Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2009/2010)
5.11 Diploma in Police Studies

Program Co-ordinator: A. Morris, Department of Sociology

The Diploma Program in Police Studies is offered to students who are recruit cadets of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. The program provides recruit cadets with academic and experiential learning components of a degree program relevant to their future work as police officers.

5.11.1 Admission Requirements

Admission to the diploma program is limited and competitive. Applicants for the Diploma program must be recruit cadets in the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary who satisfy the general admission requirements of the University, and at the time of admission must have completed 6 credit hours in English, Psychology 1000 and 1001, and Sociology 2000.

5.11.2 Continuation Requirements

Students dismissed as recruit cadets by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will be required to withdraw from the Diploma in Police Studies.

5.11.3 Program of Study

Following admission to the diploma program and until completion of all diploma program requirements, students must normally carry a course load of 15 credit hours in each of the Fall and Winter semesters. Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours in the following required courses:

5.11.4 Course List
  • Required Courses
  • Political Science 3521
  • Political Science 3720
  • Psychology 2150
  • Psychology 2800
  • Psychology 3640
  • Social Work 3310
  • Sociology 3290
  • Sociology 3306
  • Sociology 3395
  • Sociology 4212
  • Police Studies 2000
  • Police Studies 5000


Introduction to Policing in Canada

is an introduction to Policing in Canada: This course will examine the concept of policing, its organization and operation. It will provide an overview of the history and development of policing in Canada, with a focus on Newfoundland and Labrador. 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 related to policing will be discussed including police recruitment and training, professional role of the police, stress on the job, policing in a diverse society, etc.

Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 30 university credit hours or acceptance into the Diploma in Police Studies program.


Instructional Field Placement in Police Studies

(6 credit hours)

is a one-semester course offered in the Spring Semester, following completion of ten courses specified for the diploma program, designed to integrate knowledge acquired in coursework with the training curriculum provided by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to its recruit cadets. In consultation with the course instructor, students will prepare and submit a reflective report linking their observation of and instruction in the practical techniques and methods of police work with the broad range of knowledge acquired in other courses taken in the diploma program. Enrolment in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma Program in Police Studies and who remain in good standing as recruit cadets of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Completion of two semesters of course work in the Diploma Program in Police Studies.

In order to maintain the mandatory course load of 15 credit hours in each of the Fall and Winter semesters, students who have previously completed one or more of the required courses will select courses from the alternate list below, or other appropriate courses as recommended by the Program Co-ordinator.

  • Alternate Courses
  • Anthropology 2414
  • Archaeology 2492
  • English 2160
  • Geography 2495
  • History 3813
  • History 3560
  • Law and Society 2000
  • Philosophy 2802
  • Philosophy 2810
  • Political Science 3791
  • Psychology 2100 or Psychology 2120
  • Religious Studies 2610
  • Religious Studies 3650
  • Sociology 4095
  • Sociology 4210
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2260
  • Sociology/Anthropology 2270
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3240
  • Women's Studies 2000