Semesters One and Two: The first year is a Common Arts Platform, which is shared with the BA programs in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. They develop foundational understandings of the discipline through two introductory courses in each of Criminology and Politics & Governance. In addition to these four courses, students must complete two courses teaching key skills in Critical Thinking and Academic Writing and Research. For breadth, students select two courses from humanities disciplines on Table I. The ninth course may be either a humanities or social science course, and the tenth course must be a course from outside the Faculty of Arts.
Semesters Three and Four: In second year, students are provided with foundational tools in theory and research methods through a Common Arts Platform course, Research Design and Qualitative Methods. They also choose two of five introductory courses to the sub-fields in Politics and Governance (exploring the actors and institutions of Canadian government, the emerging institutions and practices of global governance, controversial policy topics, western political thought, and comparative politics), as well as acquire foundational knowledge related to the disciplines through courses on criminal law in Canada and indigenous governance in Canada.
Semesters Five and Six: In the third year, students develop a sharper focus on theoretical and methodological ideas that are useful to describe and analyze society and the criminal justice system, taking advanced courses in research methods and ethics. Students will further choose one course from a group of three, focussing on either police, courts, or corrections in depth as well as four Politics & Governance electives. Finally, students choose two upper-level Liberal Studies in disciplines besides Politics & Governance and Criminology.
Semesters Seven and Eight: In the final year, students study criminal justice and political issues in greater depth, exploring such topics as youth justice, Indigenous justice, strategies of crime control and prevention, the politics of race and ethnicity, social policy, foreign policy, and more. Students take four electives from the Politics & Governance offerings, three of which should be from the most advanced level. Students will also take an advanced level special topics seminar in criminal justice.