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Type

Diploma

Duration

69 Weeks

Internship

Available

Program Outline

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About The Program

The Criminology diploma program provides the opportunity for students to pursue a 6-week field placement for hands-on experience.

Career Opportunities

The Criminology program will qualify grads to pursue positions within Community Corrections Programs for Youth and Adults, Youth Custody Facilities, Security-Related Agencies, Adult Community Residential Centers and OutReach/Cognitive Life Skills Programs.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Admiral Investigations 
  • Canadian Deaf and Blind Association 
  • Charlotte Reddon Group Homes 
  • Fredericton International Airport 
  • Corrections Canada 
  • Salvation Army

Salary

100 %

Employment Rate*

$ 21

Average Wage/hr**

$ 33

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 4212 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Program Details

Would you like to facilitate the supervision and reintegration of criminal offenders? Eastern College offers studies in Criminology to help prepare students with the skills required to aid in the rehabilitative process employed by Canada’s correctional system.

This diverse program covers basic psychology, sociology, and criminology studies in tandem with a theoretical and hands-on look at the criminal justice system. Whether helping in the daily management of an incarceration facility or assisting offenders on their journey to recovery, government-initiated programs and facilities are always on the lookout for talented new graduates that can help with this critical arm of the justice system.

Students enrolled in the program receive: 

  • Series of seminars and workshops; 
  • Industry standard certificates. 
Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Abnormal Psychology
This module provides students with an extensive overview of maladaptive behaviour and its individual and societal ramifications. Students will appreciate that personal characteristics and experiences engendered by the social environment produce a unique combination of vulnerability and resilience that influences how well an individual functions under particular circumstances. Historical development and theoretical frameworks of abnormal psychology will be analyzed and discussed so that classification, assessment and comprehension of specific disorders will be accessible to students.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Behaviour Modification
Behaviour modification is a technique that promotes positive changes in behaviour. This module places strong emphasis on defining problems in terms of behaviour(s) that can be measured in a specific way. It also identifies changes in the behavioural measure of the problem as the best indicator of the extent to which the problem is being helped. Students will learn the benefits of altering a patient’s behaviour patterns in order to minimize self-defeating trends and heighten productivity and self-satisfaction.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Canadian Criminology
This module provides the student with an awareness of various aspects of the criminal justice system from a criminological perspective. This perspective will provide the foundation from which content in subsequent criminology modules can be decisively analyzed and critiqued.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Corrections in Criminal Justice
This module will provide a clear understanding of where corrections fit in the Canadian criminal justice system. Beginning with an introduction to the philosophy of corrections, the elements and theories of correctional practice will be analyzed and discussed so that students will realize an adequate understanding of specific prison systems. A critique of correctional practice and community agencies/resources in the correctional continuum will provide students with insight into future trends in correctional objectives. Students will also discuss the duty to act fairly in correctional settings and examine features of the inmate subculture.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Current Issues in Criminology
Current Issues in Criminology is the most fluid and evolving module in Eastern College's Criminology program. Students become conversant and knowledgeable in Canadian criminology issues by utilizing their skills in researching, accessing and identifying these trends.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Procedures & Administration of Criminal Justice
This module will provide students with a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system, its history, its development, the various facets of its operation and those acts that form the backbone of our system of jurisprudence. Students will obtain a good understanding of the flow of criminal matters through the Canadian criminal justice system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Youth Criminal Justice
This module is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the history, development, and current practices of young offender legislation in Canada. Topics include the evolution of law, an analysis of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and its application as well as legal provisions for dealing with youth in conflict with the law.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Cultural Awareness
The emphasis in this module will be to identify local minorities in the Atlantic Provinces and to examine the various norms, practices and values. Students will also gain an understanding and sensitivity to the issues surrounding Aboriginal peoples in Canada, immigrant families, and other vulnerable populations. Students will also discuss and demonstrate the awareness of subcultures in our society and social issues and challenges facing minorities and subcultures.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Forensic Psychology
This module introduces the student to the scientific study of behaviours, mental health and mental processes. Additionally, it will provide students a thorough grounding in different types of psychology, different applications of psychology, and the role psychology plays in understanding the interplay between psychological conditions and human behaviour.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Criminology
At the successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed in a 120?hour field placement at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new and developed skills in a real?world environment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
This module is intended to give students counselling knowledge such that they may work constructively with a professional counsellor and function effectively in initial contact with clients. Students will learn to apply the ethical and legal principles of counselling and be able to demonstrate basic counselling skills and techniques.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Criminology
The Canadian criminal justice system is a complex, dynamic and ever-changing enterprise. How the various components of the system operate and the extent to which they are successful in preventing and responding to crime and criminal offenders affects not only the general public, but also criminal justice personnel. This module is designed to provide a concise overview of how the system works and the critical issues that surround each stage of the process.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Research & Writing
This module aims to help students improve all of their communication skills: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The main emphasis, however, is on writing skills. Students will write an expository and persuasive essay, summarize written text, and apply principles of clear and correct writing to their own compositions. Students will learn research and documentation strategies and will strengthen and expand their writing skills so they can write more effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Sociology
Sociology is the study of society. This module provides students with a fundamental background into sociological study, focusing on identifying, explaining, and interpreting patterns and processes of human social relations. By analyzing theoretical approaches to sociological issues the students will be able to discuss and rationalize complex material with a “sociological imagination” and apply a practical sociological perspective to many different contexts.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Personal Fitness
This module provides students with a fitness program that is accommodating to all fitness levels. It familiarizes students with the components of fitness and the proper training techniques for maximizing one’s potential fitness level. Cardiovascular, flexibility, strength and endurance activities are considered as components of a personal fitness program.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Provincial Statutes
This module is designed to familiarize students with the statutes most relevant to their line of work. This module will provide students the opportunity not only to become familiar with these acts, but will also assist them to become acquainted with understanding the “legal language” used in the statutes.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Psychology of Addictions for Criminology
This module is designed to provide students with an extensive analysis of the psychology of addictions, reflecting a number of major advances in understanding addictive disorders. The goal is to inform students of discoveries in the field of substance abuse and also illustrate how the practice of addictive medicine is constantly changing. This foundation in substance abuse and terminology will provide a basis to effectively critique current information. Common addictions and the resulting individual and familial consequences will be discussed. This information is provided to inform the student of current trends and practices in the field of drug addiction.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Related Training I
This module includes a series of seminars and workshops by qualified professionals in the following areas: Related Training-Back Injury Prevention (4hrs) Related Training-Standard First Aid (16hrs) Related Training-WHMIS (4hrs) Related Training-Non-Violent Crisis/Intervention (8hrs) Related Training-Food Safety (8hrs) (Some of these workshops/seminars may be taught at a location other than the College campus.)
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Presentations
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sociology of Deviance
This module is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge in the principles of sociology with specific reference to deviance, criminology and criminal justice. It examines the reality of social and legal deviance, the factors, which may contribute to its development and the methods of identifying, controlling and adjusting to it. It provides an overview of the theoretical framework underlying criminological rationale while outlining specific criminal justice issues. The emphasis on specific criminological issues allows the student in-depth analysis and insight into the complexities of Canadian research and policy. By adopting a straightforward style and using concrete examples this module facilities the comprehension and understanding of even the most complicated criminological questions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Abnormal Psychology
This module provides students with an extensive overview of maladaptive behaviour and its individual and societal ramifications. Students will appreciate that personal characteristics and experiences engendered by the social environment produce a unique combination of vulnerability and resilience that influences how well an individual functions under particular circumstances. Historical development and theoretical frameworks of abnormal psychology will be analyzed and discussed so that classification, assessment and comprehension of specific disorders will be accessible to students.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Behaviour Modification
Behaviour modification is a technique that promotes positive changes in behaviour. This module places strong emphasis on defining problems in terms of behaviour(s) that can be measured in a specific way. It also identifies changes in the behavioural measure of the problem as the best indicator of the extent to which the problem is being helped. Students will learn the benefits of altering a patient’s behaviour patterns in order to minimize self-defeating trends and heighten productivity and self-satisfaction.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Canadian Criminology
This module provides the student with an awareness of various aspects of the criminal justice system from a criminological perspective. This perspective will provide the foundation from which content in subsequent criminology modules can be decisively analyzed and critiqued.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Corrections in Criminal Justice
This module will provide a clear understanding of where corrections fit in the Canadian criminal justice system. Beginning with an introduction to the philosophy of corrections, the elements and theories of correctional practice will be analyzed and discussed so that students will realize an adequate understanding of specific prison systems. A critique of correctional practice and community agencies/resources in the correctional continuum will provide students with insight into future trends in correctional objectives. Students will also discuss the duty to act fairly in correctional settings and examine features of the inmate subculture.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Current Issues in Criminology
Current Issues in Criminology is the most fluid and evolving module in Eastern College's Criminology program. Students become conversant and knowledgeable in Canadian criminology issues by utilizing their skills in researching, accessing and identifying these trends.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Procedures & Administration of Criminal Justice
This module will provide students with a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system, its history, its development, the various facets of its operation and those acts that form the backbone of our system of jurisprudence. Students will obtain a good understanding of the flow of criminal matters through the Canadian criminal justice system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Youth Criminal Justice
This module is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the history, development, and current practices of young offender legislation in Canada. Topics include the evolution of law, an analysis of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and its application as well as legal provisions for dealing with youth in conflict with the law.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Cultural Awareness
The emphasis in this module will be to identify local minorities in the Atlantic Provinces and to examine the various norms, practices and values. Students will also gain an understanding and sensitivity to the issues surrounding Aboriginal peoples in Canada, immigrant families, and other vulnerable populations. Students will also discuss and demonstrate the awareness of subcultures in our society and social issues and challenges facing minorities and subcultures.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Forensic Psychology
This module introduces the student to the scientific study of behaviours, mental health and mental processes. Additionally, it will provide students a thorough grounding in different types of psychology, different applications of psychology, and the role psychology plays in understanding the interplay between psychological conditions and human behaviour.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Criminology
At the successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed in a 120?hour field placement at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new and developed skills in a real?world environment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
This module is intended to give students counselling knowledge such that they may work constructively with a professional counsellor and function effectively in initial contact with clients. Students will learn to apply the ethical and legal principles of counselling and be able to demonstrate basic counselling skills and techniques.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Criminology
The Canadian criminal justice system is a complex, dynamic and ever-changing enterprise. How the various components of the system operate and the extent to which they are successful in preventing and responding to crime and criminal offenders affects not only the general public, but also criminal justice personnel. This module is designed to provide a concise overview of how the system works and the critical issues that surround each stage of the process.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Research & Writing
This module aims to help students improve all of their communication skills: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The main emphasis, however, is on writing skills. Students will write an expository and persuasive essay, summarize written text, and apply principles of clear and correct writing to their own compositions. Students will learn research and documentation strategies and will strengthen and expand their writing skills so they can write more effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Sociology
Sociology is the study of society. This module provides students with a fundamental background into sociological study, focusing on identifying, explaining, and interpreting patterns and processes of human social relations. By analyzing theoretical approaches to sociological issues the students will be able to discuss and rationalize complex material with a “sociological imagination” and apply a practical sociological perspective to many different contexts.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Personal Fitness
This module provides students with a fitness program that is accommodating to all fitness levels. It familiarizes students with the components of fitness and the proper training techniques for maximizing one’s potential fitness level. Cardiovascular, flexibility, strength and endurance activities are considered as components of a personal fitness program.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Provincial Statutes
This module is designed to familiarize students with the statutes most relevant to their line of work. This module will provide students the opportunity not only to become familiar with these acts, but will also assist them to become acquainted with understanding the “legal language” used in the statutes.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Psychology of Addictions for Criminology
This module is designed to provide students with an extensive analysis of the psychology of addictions, reflecting a number of major advances in understanding addictive disorders. The goal is to inform students of discoveries in the field of substance abuse and also illustrate how the practice of addictive medicine is constantly changing. This foundation in substance abuse and terminology will provide a basis to effectively critique current information. Common addictions and the resulting individual and familial consequences will be discussed. This information is provided to inform the student of current trends and practices in the field of drug addiction.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Related Training I
This module includes a series of seminars and workshops by qualified professionals in the following areas: Related Training-Back Injury Prevention (4hrs) Related Training-Standard First Aid (16hrs) Related Training-WHMIS (4hrs) Related Training-Non-Violent Crisis/Intervention (8hrs) Related Training-Food Safety (8hrs) (Some of these workshops/seminars may be taught at a location other than the College campus.)
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Presentations
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sociology of Deviance
This module is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge in the principles of sociology with specific reference to deviance, criminology and criminal justice. It examines the reality of social and legal deviance, the factors, which may contribute to its development and the methods of identifying, controlling and adjusting to it. It provides an overview of the theoretical framework underlying criminological rationale while outlining specific criminal justice issues. The emphasis on specific criminological issues allows the student in-depth analysis and insight into the complexities of Canadian research and policy. By adopting a straightforward style and using concrete examples this module facilities the comprehension and understanding of even the most complicated criminological questions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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  • High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
  • Two letters of reference
  • Clear Conduct Certificate
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Check (NS Only)
  • Child Abuse Registry (NS Only)

 

 

 

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Success Stories

“I took Criminology with Jenn as the instructor. Amazing program. Not only was there an obvious amount of thought and effort into this program, it was ideal for all learning methods. Hands on work, tours, presentations, guest speakers are all just bits of what was put into the program. Fully recommend!”

Oliver

2019