Positive social change requires practical justice service capabilities, and your ability to use alternative dispute resolution techniques. The BA in Justice Study’s program at Royal Roads University provides you with the theoretical and real-world foundations necessary to use effective critical thinking skills to assess issues related to justice. Upon graduation from your program, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the justice system, including criminal justice, social justice, human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation.
This program is designed to prepare you for a career in a justice-related institution or agency, including government, for-profit/non-profit, and international organizations.
There are two ways to complete the degree:
As a 4-year undergraduate degree for students typically entering from high school (or equivalent).
As a degree completion option, comprising years three and four of your BA degree, in a 12 month on-campus or 24 month blended program.
Students may be eligible for a $10,000 entrance award/bursary towards their tuition.
Understand the Canadian Justice System
Whether you’re considering a career in law enforcement, victim services, or the legal department of corporations or governments, or you’re interested in using your degree as a stepping stone towards further education within the legal field, our program lets you use real-world experience to gain a practical understanding of today’s justice issues. Your program will be intense, whether you choose the blended learning track or the on-campus option, but you will have a solid foundation upon which to enhance your personal development and propel your career.
A Learning Model that Fits Your Life
The BA in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University is available in two formats; a one-year, on-campus option, or a blended learning model of online study and on-campus residencies. There’s no difference in content between the different delivery methods, so choose the format that works for your current situation. Our blended online bachelor’s degree allows you to continue working while you complete your program, and our on-campus option accelerates your learning to complete your third and fourth years of study in just one year.
What to Expect
One-year, On-campus Experience – This fulltime program begins in September and finishes the following August, where you will work on five classes at a time over a 12-month period with short breaks between four terms.
Two-Year, Blended Learning – Expect to engage with instructors and classmates while completing lessons, case studies, and discussions through our online learning platform. Two mandatory, on-campus residencies (3-week residency in year 1 and 2-week residency in year 2) allow you to work face-to-face with your classmates in an intense learning environment.
Creating Connections for Your Career
Your future classmates are interested in beginning a career within the justice-related field or furthering their current role within their organization. You will work together in small groups, using your diverse experiences to complete your individual and group assignments, and the connections you create in your program help form a network of support you can turn to for the rest of your career. Upon completion of the BA in Justice Studies, one of the many options you will have is to apply directly to the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the University of London.
Demonstrate Your Ability to Get Results
Upon graduation you will be able to demonstrate your ability to critically assess issues related to justice studies based on the theoretical and practical skills you have developed in your program. You will have a solid understanding of the Canadian legal system, effective conflict management skills, and hands-on training in alternative dispute resolution practices, enabling you to use your degree to pursue a career within the realms of criminal justice, social justice human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation.
First-year entry (4-year undergraduate degree)
First-year entry is for students coming from high school (or equivalent). Please review the year 1 admission and application requirements for more information.
Third-year entry (degree completion - 3rd & 4th year)
A relevant two-year diploma program (or 60 credits) with a minimum of 24 second-year credits, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
Applicants may be assessed for admission on the basis of their skills, knowledge, and background developed outside traditional learning structures or through a combination of academic and non-academic experience.
This would normally include evidence of:
at least five years of relevant work experience in an area related to justice,
a combination of academic achievement and relevant work experience,
an ability to demonstrate the competencies expected of a graduate with a relevant two-year diploma.
English Language Proficiency
If English is not your primary language, please review our English Language Requirements.
BA Justice Studies Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will develop the theoretical and practical foundations to critically assess issues related to justice studies. Additionally, they will have in-depth knowledge of the justice system including criminal justice, human rights, advocacy, conflict resolution, and mediation.
Apply a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the field of study and practice.
Examine and situate one’s own personal beliefs.
Demonstrate openness to ideas and actions.
Evaluate evidence, its sources, meanings and intentions.
Identify, select, and sort relevant information in order to be able to describe, draw inferences, synthesize and validate that information.
Identify and explain the ethical dimensions of professional conduct and practice.
Critically reflect on the impacts and consequences of decisions and resulting actions.
Articulate ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written formats.
Demonstrate competence in interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
Select and employ different communication media based on assessment of situation and context.
Identify and explain the core concepts and constructs of research.
Contribute to knowledge in the field of study or practice using systematic and recognized research design and methods.
Analyze and explain the Canadian legal system, its structures, processes, operational environment and its major regiments such as constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, administrative law and international law.
Differentiate the attributes of comparative legal systems from a Canadian perspective, and in a global context.
Critique Canadian identity emerging from sources such as federalism, multiculturalism and aboriginal self-government in reference to developed/established conceptions of justice.
Analyze and explain public policy analysis and participate in the public policy-making process in the justice context.
Explain the breadth and scope of complexities in the Canadian legal environment and emerging alternatives to traditional approaches to dispute resolution such as the use of technology or alternative dispute resolution.
Identify conflict resolution perspectives based on theories of culture, identity and communication.
Apply legal philosophy to the historical development of Canadian law, legal system and public policy.
Professional skills and practices
Produce and facilitate third party conflict intervention processes including mediation, facilitation and negotiation.
Demonstrate the ability to learn in a team environment.
Demonstrate leadership in a team context.
Generate a research objective and produce an outcomes-based research project related to the justice, legal or public administration contexts.
Demonstrate professional conduct in the research and/or professional work environment based on sound legal and ethical reasoning.
Graduates may pursue careers in many areas of the public sector as well as non-profit agencies and other non-government organizations. Additionally, a variety of opportunities exist in criminal justice agencies and other organizations dealing with justice-related issues. Graduates have gone on to work in alternative dispute resolution, community development, probation, policy analysis, advocacy, and the like. Some graduates are continuing their education at law school, while others are pursuing graduate degrees.
Related Career Titles
Forensics/Crime Lab Officer
Internet Security Manager
Loss and Prevention Consultant
Law Enforcement Officer
Provincial and Federal Corrections
Youth Correction Centres
Pre-release and Half-way Houses
Women and Family Shelters
Corporate/Government Legal Departments
Alternative Dispute Resolution Centres
BC Work Futures
Career Pro News
Job Futures 2000
National Occupational Classification
Professional Associations and Memberships
Canadian Criminal Justice Association
Canadian Council on International Law
International Police Association (Canada)
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Professional Police Association
Police Sector Council
Related Web Sites (Canadian Sources)
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Conflict Resolution Network Canada
The John Howard Society of Canada
Canadian Associations of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Access to Justice Network
Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic
YOUCAN Youth Canada Association
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