Associate Faculty - BA Justice Studies

Department: 
School of Humanitarian Studies
Reference number: 
AF
Closing date: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 17:00
Employment status: 
Associate faculty
Full or part time: 
Part-time
Competition status: 
Completed
Job description: 

*Associate faculty hold limited-term contracts to develop and/or teach individual courses in our programs.

Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, has a mandate to offer professional degree programs with a focus on applied research. With a reputation for innovation, Royal Roads University is a leader in online delivery and primarily attracts learners who are working professionals.

The School of Humanitarian Studies is seeking applications for associate faculty to both develop or revise new or existing courses and also teach in the Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies program. We have two different delivery models for a BA programs: a 12-month on campus program, as well as a 2-year ‘blended’ program in which most of the courses are online but include two 3-week on campus residencies as well.

Preference will be given to prospective associate faculty who can both develop and teach a particular course. We also ask that any new associate faculty who do not have previous online teaching experience take our instructional skills and Moodle learning platform workshops for teaching online. We provide this training for free once we have a contract in place.

The Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies program is dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing professionals in the justice field. To learn more about this undergraduate program, please visit our website at: http://www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/bachelor-arts-justice-studies.

NEW COURSE DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING TIMELINES (COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOLLOW AT END):

Course development period from approx. January – August 2017

JUST312 Indigenous Justice Perspectives (course to be taught September 2017)

Course development period from approx. April – October 2017

JUST315 Civil and Administrative Law and Regulatory Environments (course to be taught November 2017)

JUST400A Theory and Alternative Dispute Resolution (course to be taught November 2017)

JUST400B Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice (course to be taught November 2017)

Course development period from approx. August 2017 – March 2018

JUST411 Justice Practicum Project (course to be taught April 2018)

JUST412 Applied Research Project (course to be taught April 2018)

Course development period from approx. October 2017 – May 2018

JUST416 Gender Diversity and Justice (course to be taught June 2018)

JUST419 Critical Analysis of Justice Perspectives (course to be taught June 2018)

MODERATE REVISIONS TO EXISTING COURSES AND TEACHING TIMELINES (COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOLLOW AT END):

Revision period from approx. April – July 2017

JUST300 Human Service Skills in the Justice Field (course to be taught August 2017)

Revision period from approx. April – August 2017

JUST303 History and Philosophy of Law in the Canadian Context until 1867 (course to be taught September 2017)

Revision period from approx. May – September 2017

JUST306 Canadian Criminal Justice System: Part 2 (course to be taught October 2017)

Revision period from approx. October 2017 – February 2018

JUST401 History and Philosophy of Law in the Canadian Context from 1867 (course to be taught March 2018)

JUST403 Comparative Global Legal Approaches and Philosophies (course to be taught March 2018)

Revision period from approx. January – May 2018

JUST408 Exercises in Ethics and Law (course to be taught June 2018)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

JUST300 Human Service Skills in the Justice Field (3 Credits)  Focuses on theory, key legal regulations and practices of professional ethical conduct with respect to clients, colleagues, and supervisors, and professional ethical codes and their limitations. Students are taught communication, leadership, basic negotiating, mediating, interviewing and presentation skills. Students identify and address inter-group conflict and on-the-job life skills, such as avoiding burnout and undue stress. Includes theoretical instruction and practical exercises based on scenarios in the justice field.

JUST303 History and Philosophy of Law in the Canadian Context until 1867 (3 Credits)  Introduces important philosophical thought and concepts of justice in the Western tradition. Examines the historical evolution of law in Canada and how it has been influenced by philosophy. Students analyze how the norm appeal of law can be understood in different ways. Special emphasis is placed on the present Canadian context, which is, liberalism, multiculturalism and Aboriginal concepts of justice.

JUST306 Canadian Criminal Justice System: Part 2 (3 Credits) Looks at the phenomenon of and the response to crime in Canadian society. Examines crime in Canada as compared with other countries, and criminological theories and their applicability. Students examine traditional and new judicial approaches (restorative justice) and the role of the police, Crown, courts, sentencing, and the organization of criminal and quasi-criminal law in Canada. Explores the role of the victim within the Canadian Justice System and the special status of young offenders. Pre-requisites:

JUST301 JUST312 Indigenous Justice Perspectives (3 Credits)  Explores indigenous world views to justice. Encourages dialogue regarding historical impacts of colonial justice on indigenous peoples within Canada and responses to the recognized problems with dominant approaches to justice. Includes an examination of historical responses and current measures to redress injustices such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and contemporary advances in indigenous justice perspectives.

JUST315 Civil and Administrative Law and Regulatory Environments (3 Credits)  Examines the structure of civil law as it relates to contract, tort and administrative law. Draws on case studies in private and public sectors to examine issues such as labour relations, equity, harassment and privacy. Introduces students to the structure and function of administrative tribunals.

JUST411 Justice Practicum (6 Credits)  Assesses justice services practice in light of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout the Justice Studies program. Students work with an organization to develop justice related skills and to apply relevant theories in the practice context. Includes a practicum and career management preparation module and reflective and critical evaluation of practice. Prerequisites: completion of all other courses in program.

JUST412 Applied Research Project (6 Credits)  Students choose from two streams to complete an individual applied research project. Stream one requires students to identify a justice agency willing to support their investigation into a justice-related topic. Stream two provides students the opportunity to work with an instructor on a justice-related topic from more theoretical and academic perspectives. Students work independently to produce a relevant paper that will inform justice theory or practice. Prerequisites: completion of all other courses in program.

JUST416 Gender Diversity and Justice (3 Credits)  Analyses justice from the perspectives of those ignored or otherwise marginalised by current approaches to legal and justice systems, including women, LGBQT, racial groups and persons with disabilities. Utilises case studies to examine the argument that dominant legal and justice structures are not designed with the realities underpinning gender and diversity in contemporary society.

JUST417 Critical Analysis of Justice Perspectives (3 Credits)  Introduces logical argumentation in the justice context. Examines the evolution of different schools of thought and their adaptation to the Canadian legal and justice discourses. Depending on the instructor and current justice issues, perspectives may include liberalism, conservatism, globalization, critical perspectives, environmentalism, structuralism, post structuralism and post modernism.

JUST400A Theory and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 Credits)  Explores the theoretical components of conflict resolution and the rationales behind various alternative dispute resolution practices. Focuses on conflict analyses and contexts for alternative dispute resolution applications. Prerequisites: JUST 300.

JUST400B Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice (3 Credits)  Introduces students to the skills needed for alternative dispute resolution practice. Includes exploration of communication, intercultural competencies and processes for negotiation, facilitation, mediation, arbitration and restorative justice. Students have the option of completing additional training for future mediation certification through formal mediation agencies. Prerequisites: JUST 300.

JUST401 History and Philosophy of Law in the Canadian Context from 1867 (3 Credits)  Introduces the student to important philosophical thought and concepts of justice in the Western tradition. The course examines the historical evolution of law in Canada and how it has been influenced by philosophy. JUST 401 examines philosophical thinking regarding society, politics, law and justice and historical phenomena after 1867. Special emphasis is on the present Canadian context that is liberalism, multiculturalism and Aboriginal concepts of justice. Pre-requisites: JUST303

JUST403 Comparative Global Legal Approaches and Philosophies (3 Credits)  Focuses on the fundamental characteristics of other legal systems in the world. Explores the Canadian legal system in the context of European and non-Western systems highlighting important philosophical and cultural approaches. Examines important Indigenous self-government models in other countries.

JUST408 Exercises in Ethics and Law (3 Credits) Uses case studies in the justice field to train students in arriving at ethical decision-making within the value context of Canadian society.

Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate for teaching at RRU is someone who has experience as a scholar and a practitioner. For our undergraduate programs, requisite qualifications include:

  • a PhD in a field related to justice is preferred
  • professional experience working in the field related to course content
  • expertise that aligns with the focus of the program and courses
  • demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level
  • experience working within an outcomes-based curriculum
  • experience teaching in web-based distance education programs and face-to-face environments 
  • a teaching philosophy that is compatible with RRU’S Learning and Teaching Model, available at: http://www.royalroads.ca/about/learning-and-teaching-model
Application submission information: 

TO APPLY VIA EMAIL:

  • In your application, please include all four items: a one-page cover letter, your curriculum vitae, a rank-ordered list of specific courses that you are qualified to teach, and a one-page statement of your teaching philosophy.
  • Type ‘BAJS Associate Faculty Development and Teaching’ in the subject heading.
  • Email all documentation, preferably in one complete PDF package, to: AFInquiries@royalroads.ca

Please note: While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. If requested, shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the names and contact information for three referees, and to arrange for the forwarding of degree transcripts directly from the granting institutions.

RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration. We welcome you to visit us on-line at www.royalroads.ca for further information.