Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice & Legal Studies | St. Clair College
NEW PROGRAM
Program Code: C999
Status: Open
Four Year - Honours Bachelor Degree
Starts: September
Contact:
Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod
519-972-2727 ext. 4415

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 online 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.

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)

Selection Procedure

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).

Important Information

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.

This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
BASJ100
Introduction To The Canadian Law And Legal Institutions
3
BASJ101
Introduction To Canadian Government And Politics
3
BASJ102
Critical Thinking And Argument Development
3
BASJ103
Law Power And Social Justice
3
CMST104
Academic Writing
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
BASJ200
Counselling And Case Management
3
BASJ201
Fundamentals Of Community Outreach And Advocacy
3
BASJ202
Access To Justice-Society And The Law
3
BASJ203
Race Class Gender And Social Inequality
3
BSIT204
Organizational Behaviour
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
BASJ300
Legal Research And Writing
3
BASJ301
Criminology
3
BASJ302
Criminal Law And Procedure
3
BASJ303
Ethics Leadership And Professional Responsibility
3
ELEC1DEGRE
Choose 1 Degree Elective Course
3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
BASJ400
Administrative Law And Tribunals
3
BASJ401
Working With Vulnerable Populations
3
BASJ402
Practices And Policies Of Crime Prevention
3
BASJ403
Employment Law
3
CMST404
Models Of Community Wellness
3
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
BASJ500
Crisis Counselling And Intervention
3
BASJ501
Theories And Practices In Social Justice
3
BASJ502
Constitutional Law And Human Rights
3
BASJ503
Social Movements And Social Change
3
CMST504
Interpersonal Communications In Work And Life
3
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
BASJ600
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles And Practice
3
BASJ601
Community Activism: Mobilizing For Change
3
BASJ602
Victimology
3
BASJ603
Professional And Career Development
3
BASJ604
Interdisciplinary Statistical Methods
3
BASJ610
Bachelor Of Arts In Social Justice And Legal Studies Professional Practice
28

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

Semester 7
Code Title Credits
BASJ700
Community Development Through Activism And Capacity Building
3
BASJ701
Restorative Justice
3
BASJ702
Oral And Written Advocacy-Proposals And Presentations
3
BASJ703
Social Science Research
3
BASJ704
Introduction To Accounting
3
Semester 8
Code Title Credits
BASJ800
The Philosophy Of Social And Political Change
3
BASJ801
Activism, Advocacy And Social Change Through Social Media
3
BASJ802
Socio-Legal Approaches For Advancing Interests
3
CMST803
Leadership Foundations
3
ELEC1DEGRE
Choose 1 Degree Elective Course
3

Your Investment

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

2020-2021 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.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must have successfully completed the specific course requirements of their program with a minimum program Grade Point Average of 2.50 and have no outstanding F (fail), U (unsatisfactory) or I (incomplete) grades.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO’s)

Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice and Legal Studies (Ontario College Baccalaureate Degree) (MTCU Code 83007)

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine and discuss the Canadian political and legal systems with a focus on social justice and human rights.
  2. Interpret statutes and case law (torts, contracts, human rights, employment rights, workers’ compensation, and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities) as they relate to issues involving social justice and people who are marginalized.
  3. Apply legal principles found in case law and statutes to legal problems through the use of critical and analytical reasoning.
  4. Employ effective research strategies and methods on substantive and procedural law using both traditional (library) and software-assisted practices.
  5. Promote advocacy and socio-political change by integrating critical thinking, scholarship, and socio-emotional competencies into evidence-based strategies.
  6. Produce ethically sound written reports, grant/proposal submissions and related documents following appropriate submission procedures, guiding principles, and laws.
  7. Differentiate the structure, function and respective powers of domestic and international political bodies and/or tribunals to identify appropriate forums for social justice and legal rights.
  8. Analyze contemporary and historical frameworks to determine formal and informal solutions to social, political, and legal problems.
  9. Formulate recommendations and strategies for legislative change as a means to improve upon social policies and practices of justice, equity and equality for people who are marginalized and/or economically disadvantaged populations.
  10. Incorporate sensitivity of human diversity with ethical standards of practice to develop strategies that effect personal and social change.
  11. Mobilize resources and personnel to advance interests and social justice outcomes through advocacy, brokerage, and negotiation.
  12. Assess formal and informal individual, group, and institutional behavior and/or practices for the purpose of facilitating constructive social, political, and institutional change.
  13. Demonstrate self-awareness, competence, initiative and professionalism in the planning, implementation and assessment of personal, educational and work-related goals within the context of a changing environment.
  14. Incorporate qualitative and quantitative analysis and research with critical thinking and problem solving skills to address social, political and legal needs.

Program Non-Core Breadth Learning Outcomes (BLO’s)

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, written and oral communication skills in disciplines outside of Honors Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice and Legal Studies.
  2. Examine more than introductory concepts of the humanities, sciences, social sciences, global cultures, and/or mathematics.
  3. Relate knowledge of society and culture, and skills relevant to civic engagement.
  4. Incorporate more than introductory knowledge of the distinctive assumptions and modes of analysis of a discipline outside of Honors Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice and Legal Studies

Work Integrated Learning Outcomes (WILO’s)

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Set professional goals for career advancement in social justice, legal rights and/or community capacity building.
  2. Exhibit sensitivity to human diversity while working as part of a team within a social justice, legal rights and/or community capacity building work environment.
  3. Using evidence based strategies, determine and propose adaptive and innovative responses to a variety of needs and situations requiring advocacy and or socio/political change.
  4. Integrate social justice and community capacity building theories by applying processes and requirements of professional practice.
  5. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly as appropriate to the requirements of a position in the field of social justice, legal rights and/or community capacity building.

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.