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Criminal Justice and Public Policy Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

The Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) program at the University of Guelph demonstrates to students the intersection of law, public policy and social and criminal justice. Guelph’s CJPP program offers a unique blend of sociological courses dealing with the criminal justice system as well as courses in Political Science dealing with public policy formation and implementation.

University of Guelph Advantage

Students in Guelph’s CJPP program are well versed in the subfields of public policy, criminal justice, the Canadian court and legal system, and social justice and have a critical understanding of how addressing the political and sociological issue of crime can improve life. Students are equipped with the skills necessary to support policy review and development, carry out research and conduct data analysis. CJPP students have a wide range of interests and skills that can be applied in many workplaces including government and non-governmental organizations, non-profit and community-based organizations, and the private sector. Students complete courses such as:

  • Qualitative/Quantitative and Observational Methods (Research and Analysis)
  • Comparative Public Policy and Administration
  • Public Administration and Governance
  • Police in Society
  • Politics in Society 

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, hire and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy!

Student Strengths

 Legal Research

Specialized skills in legal research and a clear understanding of legal processes in Canada and in a global context.

 Critical Thinking

Strong analytical, research, critical thinking and writing skills that can be applied to social, criminal, government, and corporate policy formation.

 Deep Understanding

Understanding of the legal landscapes behind issues such as immigration, racial and gender inequality, and free speech.

Criminal Justice and Public Policy Co-op Work Term Schedule








Criminal Justice and Public Policy Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Social And Political Issues
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • 3 Electives/Restricted Electives


  • Criminological Theory
  • Introductory Methods
  • Law From a Political Science Perspective
  • 2 Electives/Restricted Electives




  • Introduction to Co-operative Education
  • Canadian Government And Politics
  • Governing Criminal Justice
  • Public Policy or Restricted Elective
  • One 3000 Level Sociology Or Political Science Course
  • 1 Elective


  • Public Administration And Governance or Restricted Elective
  • Three 3000 Level Sociology Or Political Science Courses
  • 1 Elective


Work Term One


Work Term Two


  • 4 Electives
  • Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis or Restricted Elective


  • 5 Electives/RestrictedElectives


  • Two 4000 Level Sociology or Political Science Courses
  • 2 Electives
  • Quantitative Methods or Restricted Elective


Work Term Three


Work Term Four


  • One 4000 Level Sociology or Political Science Course
  • 4 Electives
Restricted Electives

Electives must be chosen to ensure 4.50 credits are completed from the following lists:

1.50 credits from:

  • Social Deviance
  • Homicide
  • Law and Society
  • Youth Justice
  • Courts and Society
  • Corrections and Penology
  • Police in Society

1.00 credits from:

  • Law, Politics and Judicial Process
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
  • Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
  • Comparative Public Policy

0.50 credits from:

  • Popular Culture and Punishment, 1700-1900
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Theories of Justice
  • Psychology of Law

1.50 credits from:

  • Advanced Topics in Law and Politics
  • Advanced Topics Lecture in Law and Politics
  • Courts and Parliament
  • Women, Justice and Public Policy
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Law
  • Advanced Lecture in Criminal Justice Policy
  • Multi-Level Governance in Canada
  • Topics in Public Management
  • Topics in Public Policy
  • Advanced Lecture in Public Management
  • Advanced Lecture in Public Policy
  • Advanced Lecture in Women, Justice and Public Policy
  • Advanced Topics in Rights and Liberties
  • Advanced Lecture in Rights and Liberties
  • Honours Political Science Research I
  • Honours Political Science Research II
  • Violence and Society
  • Advanced Topics in Criminology
  • Advanced Seminar in Violence and Society
  • Victimology
  • Youth and Violence
  • Violence Against Women and Gendered Violence
  • Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • Drugs and Society
  • Advanced Seminar in Criminology
  • Youth in Conflict with the Law
  • Moral Regulation
  • Advanced Theory and Methods in Criminology
  • Crime and Social Exclusion
  • Honours Sociology Thesis I
  • Honours Sociology Thesis II