Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice &
Legal Studies

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  • Program Length:
  • Four Year - Honours Bachelor Degree

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the bachelor program requires at a minimum, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, six University or University/College courses at the Grade 12 level, and a minimum average of 65%. Program-specific admission requirements include:

Required:
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4U or equivalent)
  • Five other Grade 12 credits (U or M or equivalent)
  • The applicant must achieve an overall average grade of at least 65% in the above requirements. In addition, the applicant must achieve a grade of at least 65% in ENG4U (or equivalent), with no grade less than 60% in the remaining courses used to qualify for admission.
Recommended:
  • Grade 12 Math (MDM4U or equivalent)

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other related programs.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice & Legal Studies four year bachelor degree program combines the foundational knowledge and strengths of three pillars instrumental in bringing about socio-political development and positive change: poverty law, social justice, and community capacity building as achieved through education, advocacy and activism. This multifaceted and interdisciplinary program, delivered primarily face to face with on-line support and some hybrid delivery, also includes curriculum providing a strong foundation of both the theoretical underpinnings as well as established practices in criminology, sociology, social work, philosophy, political science, Canadian law, community capacity building, and the study of under-represented and/or vulnerable populations.

Graduates will acquire strong problem-solving and analytical skills together with the interpersonal skills required of one seeking a leadership position in advocating for the reconstruction of societal constructs and practices on behalf of victimized and/or marginalized individuals and groups. Students will learn to critically analyze, formulate and develop strategies to address situations brought about through the withholding of full and equitable distribution of economic advantage, educational opportunity, sociopolitical power and/or physical resources from those without a political and/or social voice.

The program will also include practical components, such as case studies inviting creative programming, mock mediations bringing about affordable resolutions, simulations reflective of addressing social injustice, a capstone project geared toward finding strategies to address real world problems, and an internship with a social justice, community, not-for-profit, governmental, or legal organization.

The program curriculum will stimulate the development of an inquiring mind, increase sensitivity for inequalities, and encourage independent judgment and critical self-awareness. Graduates will not only be equipped to assist individuals, groups, organizations and coalitions to navigate the social-legal system in pursuit of democracy, participation and inclusiveness in the design and realization of equitable laws, but also be well prepared to pursue graduate studies in social justice and related fields.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Students must complete a mandatory 14-week Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement to qualify for graduation. This work term takes place between semesters 6 and 7 and serves as an opportunity for students to build upon previous experiential and theoretical knowledge and apply new found knowledge and skills to major projects in their last two semesters of study.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates of the program will be able to gain employment in various roles focused on advocacy, public service, law enforcement, labour relations and/or in the creation and development of programs and services for community organizations, not-for-profit groups, and/or government departments. Specific careers could include: community and social service workers, community and/or political liaison/ombudspersons, mediators, labour representatives, court officials, probation and parole officers, police officers, correctional service officers, by-law enforcement officials and other regulatory roles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
St. Clair College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting March 27, 2018. St. Clair College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2018-2019 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
BASJ100
3

Introduction to the Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
BASJ101
3

Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics
BASJ102
3

Critical Thinking and Argument
Development
BASJ103
3
Law, Power and Social Justice
BASJ104
3
Academic Writing

Semester 2
BASJ200
3
Counselling and Case Management
BASJ201
3

Fundamentals of Community Outreach and Advocacy
BASJ202
3
Access to Justice-Society and the Law
BASJ203
3
Race, Class, Gender and Social Inequality
BASJ204
3
Organizational Behaviour




Semester 3
BASJ300
3
Legal Research and Writing
BASJ301
3
Criminology
BASJ302
3
Criminal Law and Procedure
BASJ303
3

Ethics, Leadership and Professional Responsibility
ELEC1Degree
3
Elective


Semester 4
BASJ400
3
Administrative Law and Tribunals
BASJ401
3
Working with Vulnerable Populations
BASJ402
3
Practices and Policies of Crime Prevention
BASJ403
3
Employment Law
BASJ404
3
Models of Community Wellness

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 5
BASJ500
3
Crisis Counselling and Intervention
BASJ501
3
Theories and Practices in Social Justice
BASJ502
3
Constitutional Law and Human Rights
BASJ503
3
Social Movements and Social Change
BASJ504
3

Interpersonal Communications in Work and Life



Semester 6
BASJ600
3

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice
BASJ601
3
Community Activism: Mobilizing for Change
BASJ602
3
Victimology
BASJ603
3
Professional and Career Development
BASJ604
3
Interdisciplinary Statistical Methods

BASJ610
28

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice and Legal Studies Professional Practice*

Semester 7
BASJ700
3

Community Development through Activism and Capacity Building
BASJ701
3
Restorative Justice
BASJ702
3

Oral and Written Advocacy-Proposals and Presentations
BASJ703
3
Social Science Research
BASJ704
3
Introduction to Accounting

Semester 8
BASJ800
3

The Philosophy of Social and Political Change
BASJ801
3

Activism, Advocacy and Social Change Through Social Media
BASJ802
3

Socio-legal Approaches for Advancing Interests
BASJ803
3
Leadership Foundations
ELEC1Degree
3
Elective

*Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice and Legal studies Professional Practice. Offered between semesters 6 and 7.