A unique new Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Criminology at Trent University gives students the opportunity to study both in-person on campus and online while benefiting from a full-year work placement with community organizations.
“Trent University is excited to launch this new Criminology program that builds on its culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and commitment to student success,” says Dr. Mark Skinner, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Two aspects make this program truly unique. First, the fact that it will be offered in a hybrid format with a robust hands-on learning component, which responds to students’ interest in high quality, engaging online education. Secondly, its focus on critical thinking and the integration of Indigenous perspectives and experiences. This speaks to Trent’s leadership in liberal arts programming, as well as Indigenous education and scholarship.”
In this hybrid degree, students can opt to take all their classes online, or choose to complete some courses in-person at Trent’s Peterborough campus. This model supports the University’s commitment to accessible higher education through the availability of open education resources and flexible learning options. Its high-quality online course design and learning outcomes will cultivate strong digital competency skills, which are critical in today’s fast-evolving business environment.
The program also features a full-year hands-on learning component through a range of options, including a fourth-year community placement course. In the placement, students will volunteer with community or ministry agencies, like the Elizabeth Fry Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Correctional Services or the Crown Attorney, and will be encouraged to engage with their communities and academic peers to make significant contributions to social justice and community development.
“Students are encouraged to look at criminalization within a real-world context – how we see it at work in society and institutions,” explains Dr. Kristy Buccieri, Criminology program coordinator and associate professor of Sociology at Trent. “The aim is to get them thinking about the bigger impact and how criminalization fits into our legal and social structures.”
With its interdisciplinary approach, the B.A. Honours in Criminology will equip students to think critically and independently, and to engage constructively in issues faced by correctional institutions, parole boards and other social agencies working on social inclusion. The program approaches criminalization through the unique lens of both ‘the criminal’ and ‘the prisoner’, which offers students disciplinary breadth and focusses on how social inequality intersects with rates of victimization, criminalization, and punishment, especially for Indigenous peoples.
Applications for the new Criminology B.A. degree remain open for fall 2021. Apply today.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the GTA.
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