Course Offerings - Fall 2016


PLST 2000
An Introduction to Policing in Canada: will introduce students to different theories and models of policing. It 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 by 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
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: will provide an opportunity to explore contemporary victim issues, in particular, as they relate to enhancing police response and sensitivity to the needs of victims. The course will explore different types of victimization, encourage critical analysis and understanding of the impact of the CJS on victims and the role of the victim in bringing about progressive and positive changes in the CJS. It will consider recent legislative developments, programs, services and emerging issues and discuss how victim engagement can promote public confidence in the administration of justice.
PR: PLST 2000

PLST 3100
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice: examines the gendered aspects of criminal offending, victimization, criminal justice responses (police, courts, corrections), and workers in the criminal justice system.
PR: PLST 2000

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.
PR: PLST 2000

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.
PR: PLST 2000 and 3 credit hours at the 3000-level in Police Studies



Department of Sociology

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