Police Studies

Police Studies Extension Certificate


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Acquire theoretical and practical skills and explore a range of intervention strategies at various stages of the justice process. The program emphasizes skill development, essential attitudes and personal qualities that facilitate the application of justice.


  • Gain skills and knowledge valued in the justice and corrections fields
  • Enhance your new or emerging justice-related career

Program Format

  • Complete the 6 required courses (288 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years

Earn credit towards a degree/diploma
This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Community and Health at cehealth@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6867. More information.

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Police Studies Extension Certificate Course Schedule
Required Courses







Canadian Criminal Justice Systems  
Interpersonal Relationship Skills  
Human Diversity in Justice  
Criminology Concepts  
Trends and Issues in Policing  
Canadian Criminal Law  
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. This schedule repeats each academic year.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.
Canadian Criminal Justice Systems
The justice system in Canada is a fascinating and sometimes confusing mixture of competing interests. Everyone associated with this system needs to be aware of the various components and how they operate. Explore the major components of the Canadian justice system and the roles of legislative bodies, courts, law enforcement, corrections and aftercare services in the community.
Subject code: XJUS 1000148 Hours. Fee: $609 
CRN 30229
OnlineJan. 9-March 31

Interpersonal Relationship Skills
Gain insight into criminal behaviour by exploring human needs and relationships. Offender populations bring with them a wide range of emotional needs and justice personnel need to develop effective approaches to dealing with all kinds of people. The focus of this course is on normal human behaviour and an appreciation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Subject code: XJUS 1000248 Hours. Fee: $609 Next offered: Spring 2017*

Human Diversity in Justice
Explore issues of diversity and justice within Canadian society and assess the workings of the Canadian criminal justice system in relation to minorities. Diversity in ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age and social class has affected access to justice throughout Canadian history. Develop an in-depth appreciation of the link between minority group status and justice.

Subject code: XJUS 1000448 Hours. Fee: $609 
CRN 30345
OnlineJan. 9-March 31

Trends and Issues in Policing
Delve into the issues pertaining to law enforcement in a modern democratic society. Examine the relationship between policing and other aspects of the criminal justice system and assess the basic assumptions informing current policing trends in Canada and internationally. Topics include police-citizen conflict, occupational subculture, crime prevention, and the interface between police and other justice agencies.

Subject code: XJUS 1000548 hours. Fee: $609 Next offered: Spring 2017*

Criminology Concepts
Be introduced to the major theoretical concepts in criminology through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime, criminals and criminality. Become familiar with the jargon and terms used in criminology, as well as the historical factors leading to the development of current criminological theories.

Subject code: XJUS 1000348 hours. Fee: $609 Next offered: Fall 2017*

Canadian Criminal Law
Review the historical and philosophical perspective of the nature, aims and scope of criminal law in Canada. Develop oral and written communication skills to facilitate legal problem solving, including rudimentary skills in adversarial advocacy, and acquire skills in legal research, case briefing, precedent application and statutory interpretation using a teamwork approach.

Subject code: XJUS 1000648 Hours. Fee: $609 Next offered: Fall 2017*

*Winter 2017 registration opens Mon., Nov. 14, 2016
*Spring 2017 registration opens Mon., Mar. 13, 2017

Ideal for current justice studies students as well as professionals working in the justice field. This course is not part of the Police Studies Extension Certificate, but does transfer to the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree (see the Earn Credit Toward a Degree/Diploma note above).

Crime and Intelligence Analysis: Bridging the Gap
This course describes the various types of analysis including tactical, strategic and intelligence; the process of crime and intelligence analysis; and the role of the analyst in law enforcement. Topics covered include: analyzing crime data, forecasting future criminal occurrences, tracking crime patterns and series, monitoring crime trends, preparing statistical crime reports and managing the analysis function.

Subject code: XJUS 1001145 Hours. Fee: $609Call for more information

"Excellent instruction. I felt like I was part of the justice field already." - Angela Pasquini

"Fantastic course to take to learn the basic fundamentals of the Canadian criminal justice system. Very informative, educational and interesting." - Naomi Garner

"This course reveals details about criminal justice system that you would never know about unless you worked in the system." - Derek Lam

"Considering a career in the criminal justice field? This course will give you an excellent beginner's understanding or provide all the necessary details to complete your understanding from previous experience. It was fantastic!" - Jason Falkinson, Security Officer, Mount Royal University

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For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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