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Criminology and Addictions

This certificate is intended to offer students a program option in criminology and addictions that will allow them to explore greater opportunities in corrections, public safety, policing, court services, advocacy, addictions services and other areas in the criminal or social justice system as well as a foundation for further academic study or research.

This program allows students to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, which is a qualification that recognizes a focus of study in a specific area, requiring 15 to 30 credit units of university-level courses. A student may earn a certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or may earn a certificate after having received a degree from the University of Saskatchewan or another institution.

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Information about the Certificate in Criminology and Addictions, including how to apply, is available on the Department of Sociology's website.

Criminology and Addictions: Is it for You?

If you are interested in the areas of corrections, public safety, policing, court services, advocacy, addictions services and other areas in the criminal or social justice system this certificate may be for you.

Sample Classes

  • SOC 212: Introduction to Criminology
    An introduction to the study of crime and criminological theories. In addition to developing a basics understanding of criminological theories, students examine the rich and diverse nature of Canadian criminological research. Specific topics may include: women and crime; restorative justice and peacemaking; youth justice; Aboriginal peoples; and penology.
  • SOC 317: Criminology and Addictions Internship I
    An applied course that provides students with professional experience and the opportunity to critique criminal and social justice processing, and addictions services. Students are placed in a 3 week work program after consultation with the program coordinator.
  • SOC 347: Studies in Addictions
    An introduction to the study of addictions, with a specific focus on problematic alcohol and illicit drug use. It introduces students to basic concepts and debates in the addictions field concerning causes, consequences and interventions. Each is examined from four standpoints: the user, society/culture, service providers, and decision/policy makers. Students are invited to question how we know what we know, with an emphasis on the Canadian context. The addictions field is fraught with controversies. This course is designed to assist students with integrating their existing and acquired knowledge and applying it to current debates in a sociologically informed, public health contextualized, and understanding manner.


Career Opportunities

Students with this certificate may be working towards finding employment in corrections, public safety, policing, addictions services, advocacy, community based programs, court services and other areas of work related to the criminal or social justice system. 

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