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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


This is a new program. The following descriptions are samples of potential course offerings.

HR260/SOJE260: Introduction to Human Rights

Focusing primarily on civil and political rights, this course introduces students to the idea and origins of human rights, the institutions that have been designed to protect them, and contemporary controversies surrounding them. Case studies and examples of violations will be addressed as appropriate. Assessment will include a short written assignment.

OL109/MB109: Communication Skills for Leadership

Communication skills are probably the single most important skill required to be successful in any type of relationship. This course will provide an introduction to research and theories in the field of interpersonal communications and how this information relates to individuals in contemporary society. In addition, the course focuses on building and enhancing your knowledge in the kinds of communications skills that employers expect.

SAFE200: Public Safety Administration and Government Relations

This course is designed to provide the learner with a clear understanding of the theory and practice of government while acquiring competencies relevant to public safety organizations. Learners will build upon theories and case studies in public administration and management, to this course examines administrative approaches, issues, and debates arising in public safety organizations and governments in a changing environment. The complex and unstable environment of public safety organizations produces both challenges and opportunities for public safety managers: Topics include strategic planning; program evaluation; organizational learning and development; project management; human resources; budgeting and finance; and leadership and decision-making skills in public safety environments.

NO301/PO301: Drugs, Guns and Trucks: Commerce and Contraband Across North America

Examines spaces of legal and illegal activity (trade and contraband) across North America and the challenges they pose for both policy makers and law enforcement. Topics may include trade legislation, border militarization and security issues, and transnational efforts to stem the trade in illegal drugs and their impact on various social groups.

OL300: Leadership Ethics

An examination of the role of the theories and models related to the study of ethics and leadership. Topics may include: the development of ethical decision making strategies, ethical communication in leadership situations, the role of the leaders in ethical responsibility, issues involving followers, the relationship between leaders and individual and collective responsibility.

PD206: Public Safety Policy Analysis

This course examines all aspects of the public safety system from an organizational perspective and evaluates public safety organizations in the larger environmental context. Students will analyse external organizations, public interest, and provincial and national policy and explore the changing and expanding role of the public safety system. Current issues will be examined through case studies.

PD301: Policing a Complex and Diverse Community

Examines key historical and sociopolitical issues in law enforcement practices to recognize their impact on marginalized populations. Students will expand their cultural awareness and improve intercultural communication skills to work more effectively and judiciously in a diverse community. Topics include critical race theory, cultural diversity and sensibility, tactical communication practices and racial profiling.

PD302: Indigenous Peoples’ Political Structures

First Nations Political Structures introduces students to First Nations Peoples' laws and institutions, and criminal justice systems. In this course, students will gain awareness of the importance of preserving Indigenous justice systems. Students will develop an understanding of the effects of Western judicial systems and the strains they create for First Nations Peoples relationships with Western governments. Topics include indigenous identities, government policy implications, tensions between law enforcement officers and Indigenous Peoples on and off reserves, self-development and colonialism.

PD403: Immigration and Conflict Zones

An emphasis will be placed on providing law enforcement officers with the necessary skills to recognize, accept and be mindful of ethnic, racial, gender, religious and other forms of diversity within Canada. Using current case examples, students will be able to understand the importance of collaboration/consultation with community agencies, stakeholders and police chiefs to formulate new tactical approaches to crime within conflict zones. By the end of this course, students will have achieved the necessary skills to identify, address and maintain neutrality to resolve/stabilize external involvement with marginalized populations such as people living in poverty, First Nations and ethnic minorities. Additionally, they will have gained the necessary skills in resolving and stabilizing personal conflict within a multicultural workplace.

PO322: Contemporary Security Issues

This course examines global conflict and security in the post-Cold War era from a variety of theoretical perspectives with particular attention to contemporary debates and issues. Topics may include peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, the military-industrial complex, the ‘war on terror', refugees and migration, poverty and development and environmental security.

SAFE203: Critical Infrastructures

This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview and understanding of what the Government of Canada has identified as the “processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government.” The topics of enhancing critical infrastructure resilience, critical infrastructure partners across numerous sectors (i.e., food, finance, information and communication technology, energy and utilities, etc.), critical infrastructure resources (i.e. legislation), and new threat vectors (e.g., drones, cyberwarfare) will also be reviewed and assessed.

SAFE313: Principles of Fire and Emergency Services

In this course the learner will be introduced to the challenging work of emergency responders in fire management services. Learners will examine the culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; and Life Safety Initiatives. Learners will also examine the integration of fire services into the overall emergency response model.

SAFE314: GIS and Data Analysis in Public Safety

This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview and understanding of the fundamentals of data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and their respective contributions to evidence-based decision making in the public safety sector. Topics to be covered include the contributions of GIS to crime mapping, spatial interpretation, data analysis, municipal planning, policy development, health care systems, business intelligence, paramedic deployment and planning, fire response management systems, border security planning and deployment, and military applications. Learners will be provided with the essential information required to aggregate data, build online maps, analyze data and deploy information in both a visual and text format for the use in public safety sectors via mapping projects online.

SAFE316: Theories of Correctional Justice

In this course, learners will examine the principles and practice of corrections and community justice in Canada, including the structure, organization, policies, practices and community justice alternatives that presently exist. The learner will also be introduced to historical and present-day political and economic developments that have impacted the mandates, programs, outcomes, and contemporary issues facing the systems of corrections at both the federal and provincial levels. In addition, learners will assess current practices in corrections, including offender population classification, management of exceptional offenders, release and reintegration, restorative justice initiatives, victim-offender mediation, family-group conferencing, multi-party mediation, Indigenous healing circle remedies, and the skills required of corrections and community justice workers.

SAFE402: Cultural Competencies and Trauma

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Intercultural Competencies introduces students to the field of intercultural communication in order to recognize the challenges faced by public safety officials when engaging with individuals from diverse backgrounds who have suffered trauma. Topics include: Trauma; memory studies; trauma discourse; post-traumatic shock disorder; intercultural communication; critical race theory; and resilience.

SAFE416: Information Security in the Twenty-First Century

This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview and understanding of the fundamentals of information security as well as the risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of confidential or sensitive data. Topics to be reviewed include information security principles, the information security common body of knowledge, governance and risk management, business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning, telecommunications, network, and Internet security, law, investigation, and ethics pertaining to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of confidential or sensitive data, and an overview of upcoming threats and protections against digital crimes of the future.

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