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Bachelor of Human Services - Police Studies (Co-op)

Bachelor of Human Services - Police Studies (Co-op) College Degree Program

What is Bachelor of Human Services - Police Studies (Co-op)?

The Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) Degree encourages a broadened critical understanding of the nature, role and function of policing. Learners will explore a variety of topics offering opportunities for careers in law enforcement. The program learning outcomes value an integrated learning approach to police education that will provide a diverse spectrum of students with the critical mix of professionalism, technical/legal expertise and analytical skills necessary to succeed in justice-related careers. This multi-dimensional degree complements, rather than duplicates, existing educational initiatives, offering courses that encourage increasing levels of thinking and analysis, and which are dynamic in design, rationale and delivery. The learning outcomes are designed to directly calibrate with the policing community and its high professional standards.

Graduates of the Police Foundations, Community and Justice Services and Protection, Security and Investigation have the opportunity to further their studies at the degree level at the Orillia Campus and may receive up to two years of advanced standing toward our unique four-year Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree.

Fast-track your degree

Already working in the field? Fast-track your degree with advanced standing through our online Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) degree offered on a part-time basis. Qualified first-class constables can receive advanced standing for 50 per cent of the program and up to an additional exemption of 25 per cent for postsecondary education. We welcome students from all over Canada and from a range of ranks and backgrounds including military police, RCMP, OPP and other policing agencies.

See our brochure for more details.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
BHSP
Length:
4 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
8 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Credential:
College Degree Program
Location:
Orillia (BHSA), Orillia (BHSP)
Start:

Fall - Orillia - BHSA

Orillia - BHSP

Contact:
Melanie Marchand
Email:
Melanie.Marchand@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3065

The Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) Degree encourages a broadened critical understanding of the nature, role and function of policing. Learners will explore a variety of topics offering opportunities for careers in law enforcement. The program learning outcomes value an integrated learning approach to police education that will provide a diverse spectrum of students with the critical mix of professionalism, technical/legal expertise and analytical skills necessary to succeed in justice-related careers. This multi-dimensional degree complements, rather than duplicates, existing educational initiatives, offering courses that encourage increasing levels of thinking and analysis, and which are dynamic in design, rationale and delivery. The learning outcomes are designed to directly calibrate with the policing community and its high professional standards.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • understand historical, current and future global trends affecting the professional police sector


  • employ effective problem solving skills with respect to critical incident management in law enforcement


  • apply computer literacy and effective oral and written communication skills applicable to the policing profession


  • utilize interpersonal and team building skills in diverse settings and apply leadership skills appropriately


  • understand national and international political, justice and legal systems including the wide variety of criminal and civil justice agencies and services


  • research, organize, evaluate, synthesize and analyze evidence and statistical data based on investigation


  • provide ethical, accountable and effective professional practices to individuals and groups in the community from a variety of diverse backgrounds


  • assess and analyze the effectiveness and appropriateness of information security policies and procedures


  • apply knowledge of individual and group behaviour within the context of current social issues and crime and deviance


  • analyze and apply business strategies to police services


  • develop short and long term personal and professional goals and develop personal relationships that assist with ongoing career planning


  • show an appreciation for life-long learning and a broad range of interests.

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Orillia (BHSP)

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Work Term 1 | Sem 5 | Sem 6 | Sem 7

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Fall

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018 | 2019 | 2019

Work Term 2 | Sem 8

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Winter | Summer

2020 | 2020

Fall Intake - Orillia (BHSA)

Sem 5 | Sem 6 | Work Term 1 | Sem 7 | Work Term 2 | Sem 8

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

OSSD or equivalent with

- minimum overall average of 65 per cent

- six Grade 12 U or M level courses

- Grade 12 English (U)

Note: Police Foundations diploma graduates can apply to our advanced standing stream through OCAS using the major code of BHSA.

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with six Grade 12 U or M level courses (Minimum overall average of 65 per cent) Including: Grade 12 English (U) (ENG4U)

Students presenting equivalent qualifications will also be considered for admission. A grade 12 university or university/college Mathematics course is highly recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College diploma programs such as: Police Foundations*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the advanced or university level with a minimum overall average of 65%)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

29 Mandatory Core Courses

3 Elective Core Courses

8 Elective Non-Core Courses

2 Co-op Work Terms

Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60 percent or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester, and have an overall average of 65 percent in core courses and 60% in non-core courses.

Mandatory Core Courses
POLC1000 Introduction to Police Studies
POLC1001 Communications for Policing
POLC1002 Canadian Criminal Justice
POLC1003 Youth and The Law
POLC1004 Introduction to Criminal Law
POLC1005 Human Kinetics for Policing
POLC1006 Cross Cultural Communications
POLC1007 Sociology for Policing
POLC2000 Police Studies Advanced Perspectives
POLC2001 Diversity in Policing
POLC2002 Research Methods for Policing
POLC2003 Police Powers
POLC2004 Introduction to Community Policing
POLC2005 Criminal Law: Advanced Procedures
POLC2006 Provincial Offences
POLC2007 Psychology for Policing
POLC3000 Contemporary Issues in Criminology
POLC3001 Rules of Evidence
POLC3002 Interviewing: Practices, Process and Techniques
POLC3003 Forensic Science
POLC3004 Principles in Traffic Law
POLC3005 Document Preparation and Presentation for Policing
POLC3006 Investigation and Evidence
POLC4000 Ethics In Policing
POLC4001 Professional Standards in Policing
POLC4002 Ergonomics and Wellness Issues for Policing
POLC4003 Major Incident Command and Negotiating Skills
POLC4004 Public And Media Relations
POLC4005 Human Resources Management in Policing
Elective Core Courses
To be selected from College list
Elective Non-Core Courses
To be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1018 Police Studies Work Term 1
COOP2015 Police Studies Work Term 2

This 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 November 19, 2008. An application for renewal of the consent has been submitted and the current consent remains in effect until a decision on the renewal application is made. The 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.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC1001 or 1002), social science (SOCI1000), humanities (HUMA1000), or science (SCEN1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

Please Note

In Canada the various federal, provincial and municipal acts and regulations outline special requirements for those entering a career as a law enforcement officer. Students wishing to pursue such careers should ensure that they will be able to meet the physical and educational requirements before enrolling. Potential students with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situations with college counsellors before enrolling in the program. In some cases an official criminal record may make it more difficult for students to complete the program requirements and find related employment after graduation.

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Program:

Law and Security Administration, Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) (with honours)

Year:

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Melanie Marchand

Melanie joined the Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree at Georgian College as professor in the spring of 2003 and has been co-ordinator of the program since 2007. While working on her master's, she worked closely with the RCMP conducting original research on DNA databank offences and crime escalation. Melanie’s research interests include criminological theory, female sex offenders, biology of crime and crime escalation. Melanie’s teaching promotes student-centred learning and she believes strongly in active and co-operative learning strategies. Read more...

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Student, Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) program

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Law and Security Administration, Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) (with honours)

Year:

2013


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Dave Edgar in uniform

Dave Edgar

Constable, Barrie Police Services

Program:

Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Year:

2008


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Cathy Bell BHSP-GeorgianCollege-2015-04-09

Cathy Bell

Police officer

Program:

Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Year:

2015


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Uniformed Alumnus Jason Tsang

Jason Tsang

Constable, Anishinabek Police

Program:

Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Year:

2011


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A man poses in full police regalia.

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Program:

Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)

Year:

2015


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For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Melanie Marchand
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3065

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