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4.8. Bachelor of Professional Arts degree

(four years — 120 credits)


Introduction Requirements
Back to 4.0

[Common core amended, effective October. 01, 2000]

Introduction

The Bachelor of Professional Arts program is designed for students who have completed an approved two-year diploma or equivalent from a college or institute of technology. Some students may qualify to earn additional credits through Prior Learning Assessment.

There are four majors offered in the Bachelor of Professional Arts degree. Additions and changes may occur during the calendar year. Contact the program advisor.

Students must comlete the regulations that are in effect at the time they enrol in the program.

Courses in the Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies) are available by individualized study. Some courses are in development and will become available to students throughout the year. Courses in the Bachelor of Professional Arts (Criminal Justice) are available on site at four colleges in Alberta: Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, Lethbridge Community College in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, and The Yellowhead Tribal Council Education in Edmonton. The Criminal Justice courses are available in individualized study and grouped-study format. Course delivery methods in the Human Services and Governance, Law and Management majors vary. The courses syllabus will indicate the delivery mode.


Degree Requirements

Total credits in the program
  • College diploma transfer (enrolment requirement)
120

60
Minimum Credits Required Beyond the College Diploma
  • Core courses
  • Major and elective courses
  • Total


12
48
60
Within the Degree Students are Required to Earn for Degree Completion
  • Senior (300 or 400) level
  • 400 level
  • Through Athabasca University (residency)


48
18
30
Maximum Credits Allowed
  • At the junior (200) level


12

4.8.1.  Common Core Courses (12 credits) [Amended October 1, 2000]

  • Any university-level computing course, e.g.,
    COMP 200 Introduction to Computing and Information Systems
    or
    INFS 200 Accessing Information
    or
    CMIS 301 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)   (3)

  • Any university level writing course or English literature course e.g.,
    ENGL 255 Introductory Composition
    or
    ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations
    or
    ENGL 211 Prose Forms   (3)

  • Any university-level critical and analytical thinking courses, e.g.,

    PHIL 252
    Critical Thinking   (3)

  • Any university-level course in professional ethics, e.g.,
    PHIL 333 Professional Ethics    (3)


4.8.2.  Communication Studies Major

The Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies) allows students to apply their knowledge within a national and international context of mass media and communication. The Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies) is available to students who have completed an approved two-year communications-related diploma (e.g., public relations, advertising, journalism, multi-media, broadcasting, library and information studies, legal assistant and marketing) or equivalent. Students may either apply for prior learning assessment credits in this program or discuss an academic assessment with the program coordinator. For general information regarding the Communications Studies major, contact the program advisor.

The common core courses may be taken at any time. Students are encouraged to complete the common core courses early in their program as these courses address skills and knowledge that will help them succeed with the remaining degree requirements.

Students must complete the following:

  • the common core (refer to 4.8.1.)(12 credits)

  • major courses (27 credits)

  • electives (21 credits)

Major Courses (27 credits)

Required Major Courses (6 credits)
CMNS 301 Communciation Theory and Analysis (3)
CMNS 302 Communication in History (3)

and 21 credits selected from the following (minimum of 12 at the 400 level)

All courses with the generic label CMNS and
POEC 302 Introduction to Political Economy   (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy   (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics   (3)
SOCI 435 Theories of Social Change   (3)
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences   (3)

Electives (21 credits)

Choose 21 credits from any discipline (a maximum of three credits allowed at the junior [200] level).


4.8.3.  Criminal Justice Major

The Bachelor of Professional Arts (Criminal Justice) is available to students who have graduated with a two-year approved diploma in criminal justice-related areas from an accredited college or technical institute. The program provides students with two years of Arts and Administrative Studies courses along with specialized senior-level courses in criminal justice. For general information regarding the Criminal Justice major, contact the program advisor.

Students must complete the following:

  • the common core (refer to 4.8.1.)(12 credits)

  • major courses (42 credits)

Major courses (Select 42 credits from the following)

A 200-level accounting course or
     ADMN 232 Administrative Principles   (3)

All courses with the generic label CRJS and
LGST 331 Administrative Law   (3)
LGST 430 Canadian Legal System   (3)
A 300-level organizations course (e.g., ORGB 326, or SOCI 300)   (3)
ORGB 327 Leadership in Organizations   (3)
SOCI 305 Sociology and Crime or
      SOCI 365 Sociology of Deviance   (3)
A 300-level research methods course (e.g., SOSC 366)   (3)

Electives (6 credits)

Choose 6 credits from any discipline at the senior (300 or 400) level.   (6)


4.8.4.  Governance, Law, and Management Major

[Effective September 01, 2001]

The Bachelor of Professional Arts (Governance, Law, and Management)(BPA:GLM) is designed to prepare innovative managers and professionals for leadership success in the knowledge-based society and economy. This leading-edge program provides education that promotes vision, creativity, and strategic thinking as requisite skills for knowledge workers in an era of globalization.

The recent reforms in organizations have led to a shift from "command-and-control" management structures and practices to an organizational context characterized by flexibility, innovation, and lifelong learning. The BPA:GLM provides the requisite knowledge and practical know-how needed by professionals for good governance and the successful management of organizational change, particularly the increasing shift to e-governance.

Enrolment Requirements

The BPA:GLM allows students to apply knowledge obtained during the completion of an approved two-year diploma and accredited work experience, toward the completion of a four-year applied liberal arts degree.

Program Structure

Sixty credits are required for degree completion beyond the approved two-year college diploma. Students must complete the following:

  • common core (refer to 4.8.1.)(12 credits)

  • major courses (15 credits)

  • focus area courses (33 credits)

  1. Students complete 4.8.1. BPA common core.

  2. Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following required major courses:
    ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers or
       ACCT 245 Accounting for Managers of Not-for Profit Organizations   (3)
    CMNS 380 Corporate Communication or
       COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management   (3)
    ECON 301 The Changing Global Economy or
       POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy   (3)
    GOVN 301 Governance, the Public Sector, and Corporate Power   (3)
    GOVN 400 Governance and Leadership (in development) or
       ORGB 327Leadership in Organizations   (3)
    GOVN 440 Governance and Law (in development)   (3)

  3. There are four focus areas within the BPA:GLM program. Select a minimum of 33 credits from one focus area only.

    1. Public Management and Policy Studies

    2. Police and Security Management

    3. Law and Governance

    4. Non-Profit Voluntary Sector Management

Focus Area 1. Public Management and Policy Studies

Select 33 credits from the following outline.

Governance and Public Management (Select 12 credits from the following)
GEOG 302 The Canadian North   (3)
GEOG 310 Canadian Urban Development   (6)
GOVN 372 Public Finance and Budgeting (in development)   (3)
GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance   (3)
GOVN 403 Public Policy in a Global Era   (3)
GOVN 405 Innovative Public Management (in development)   (3)
GOVN 410 Global Cities: The Cultures of Law and Government (in development)   (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics   (3)
POLI 311 Aboriginal Politics and Government   (3)
POLI 390 Canadian Federalism   (3)

Policy Studies (Select 9 credits from the following)
CMNS 401 Cultural Policy In Canada   (3)
ECON 321 Economics of Health Care   (3)
ECON 385 Money, Banking and Canadian Financial Institutions   (3)
HADM 326 Health and Healing   (3)
HADM 369 Health Policy In Canada   (3)
HIST 329 The Social History of Canada   (6)
POLI 325 Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics   (3)
NTST 357 Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada   (3)
WMST 303 Issues in Women's Health   (3)

Public Law and Governance (Select 6 credits from the following)
CRJS 426 Aboriginal Government and Law   (3)
CRJS 427 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights   (3)
CRJS 489 Alternate Dispute Resolution   (3)
GOVN 440 Governance and Law (in development)   (3)
IDRL 304 Rights at Work: Grievance Arbitration   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 315 Women and Unions   (3)
IDRL 320 Labour Relations and the Law   (3)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies   (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations   (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law   (3)
LGST 430 Canadian Legal System   (3)
NTST 348 The Canadian Nation State and the Pursuit of Aboriginal Justice (in development)   (3)

General Management Studies (Select 6 credits from the following)
CADE 400 Creating A Working Alliance   (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems   (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management   (3)
COMM 377 Communication and Problem Solving in Groups   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 317 Reengineering the Organization   (3)
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management   (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making   (3)
ORGB 319 Motivation and Productivity   (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour   (3)
ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management   (3)
ORGB 390 Managing Change   (3)
ORGB 400 Organizational Culture   (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life   (3)

Focus Area 2. Police and Security Management

Select 33 credits from the following outline.

Police and Security Management (Select 9 credits from the following)
CRJS 350 Community Policing   (3)
CRJS/GOVN 4XX Police Management (in development)   (3)
CRJS/GOVN 4XX Security Management (in devlopment)   (3)
GOVN 4XX Governance and Innovative Public Management (in development)   (3)
LGST 430 Canadian Legal System   (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics or
   POLI 390 Canadian Federalism   (3)

Public Law and Governance (Select 6 credits from the following)
CRJS 427 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights   (3)
CRJS 489 Alternate Dispute Resolution   (3)
IDRL 304 Rights at Work: Grievance Arbitration   (3)
IDRL 320 Labour Relations and the Law   (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations   (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law   (3)
LGST/GOVN 420 Criminal Law and Procedure (in development)   (3)

Law and Justice Studies (Select 6 credits from the following)
CRJS 410 Special Needs Policing   (3)
CRJS 420 Environmental Protection and Enforcement   (3)
CRJS 425 White Collar Crime   (3)
CRJS 426 Aboriginal Government and Law   (3)
LGST 479 Local Government Law in Alberta   (3)
SOCI 305 Sociology and Crime   (3)
SOCI 365 Sociology of Deviance   (3)
WMST 422 Woman, Violence, and Social Change   (3)

Public Management (Select 6 credits from the following)
CRJS/GOVN 419 Corrections Management (in development)   (3)
GOVN 301 Governance, Public Sector and Corporate Power   (3)
GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance   (3)
GOVN 403 Public Policy in a Global Era   (3)
GOVN 405 Innovative Public Management (in development)   (3)
GOVN 410 Global Cities: The Cultures of Law and Government (in development)   (3)
GOVN 450 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (in development)   (3)

General Management Studies (Select 6 credits from the following)
CADE 400 Creating a Working Alliance   (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems   (3)
CMNS 380 Corporate Communications   (3)
COMM 377 Communications and Problem Solving in Groups   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 317 Reengineering the Organization   (3)
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management   (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making   (3)
ORGB 319 Motivation and Productivity   (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour   (3)
ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management   (3)
ORGB 387 Strategic Human Resource Management   (3)
ORGB 390 Managing Change   (3)
ORGB 400 Organizational Culture   (3)
PSYC 340 Introduction to Applied Social Psychology or
   PSYC 435 Abnormal Psychology   (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life   (3)

Focus Area 3. Law and Governance

Select 33 credits from the following outline.

Public Law and Governance (Select 12 credits from the following)
CRJS 426 Aboriginal Government and Law   (3)
CRJS 427 Civil Liberties and Individual Rights   (3)
GOVN 410 Global Cities: The Culture of Law and Government (in development)   (3)
GOVN 440 Governance and Law (in development)   (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law   (3)
LGST 430 The Canadian Legal System   (3)
LGST 479 Local Government Law in Alberta   (3)
LGST/GOVN 420 Criminal Law and Procedure (in development)   (3)
NTST 348 Canadian Nation State and the Pursuit of Aboriginal Justice (in development   (3)

Labour Law and Management (Select 6 credits from the following)
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour   (6)
IDRL 201 Labour Unions   (3)
IDRL 304 Rights at Work: Grievance Arbitration   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 315 Woman Organizing   (3)
IDRL 320 Labour Relations and the Law   (3)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies   (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations   (3)

Law and Justice Studies (Select 6 credits from the following)
CMNS 311 Mass Media and the Law   (3)
CRJS 489 Alternate Dispute Resolution   (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law   (3)
WMST 422 Women, Violence, and Social Change   (3)

General Management Studies (Select 9 credits from the following)
CADE 400 Creating a Working Alliance   (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems   (3)
COMM 377 Communication and Problem Solving in Groups   (3)
GOVN 390 Public Policy and Administrative Governance   (3)
GOVN 403 Public Policy in a Global Era   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 317 Reengineering the Organization   (3)
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management   (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making   (3)
ORGB 319 Motivation and Productivity   (3)
ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management   (3)
ORGB 387 Strategic Human Resource Management   (3)
ORGB 390 Managing Change   (3)
ORGB 400 Organizational Change   (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society   (3)

Focus Area 4. Non-Profit Voluntary Sector Management

Select 33 credits as outlined below (includes a minimum of 15 credits offered at Ryerson University (RPU). RPU courses are offered online.).

Governance and the Third Sector (Select 15 credits from the following courses offered through RPU)
CINP 900 Understanding the Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector   (3)
CINP 901 Developing Effective Nonprofit Sector Organizations   (3)
CINP 911 Advocacy: Public Governmental Organizations or
   WMST 321 Advocacy from the Margins (AU)*   (3)
CINP 913 Leading Nonprofit Organizations through Change   (3)
CINP 914 Issues of Diversity: Team Building and Collaborative Relations   (3)

* WMST 321 is an equivalent course. Students may select WMST 321 in lieu of taking CINP 911.

AND

Public Law and Governance (Select 6 credits from the following)
CRJS 426 Aboriginal Government and Law   (3)
CRJS 427 Civil Liberites and Civil Rights   (3)
CRJS 489 Alternate Dispute Resolution   (3)
GOVN 4XX Governance and Law (in development)   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 320 Labour Relations and the Law   (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations   (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law   (3)
LGST 450 Canadian Legal System   (3)
NTST 348 The Canadian Nation State and the Pursuit of Aboriginal Justice (in development)   (3)

AND

Labour Law and Management (Select 6 credits from the following)
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour   (6)
IDRL 201 Labour Unions   (3)
IDRL 304 Rights at Work: Grievance Arbitration   (3)
IDRL 307 Public Sector Labour Relations   (3)
IDRL 315 Women Organizing   (3)
IDRL 320 Labour Relations and the Law   (3)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies   (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations   (3)

AND

Select 6 credits from one of the following two categories.

Category 1. General Management and Non-Profit Management Studies
CADE 400 Creating a Working Alliance   (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems   (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management   (3)
COMM 377 Communications and Problem Solving in Groups   (3)
IDRL 317 Reengineering the Organizations   (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations   (3)
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management   (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making   (3)
ORGB 319 Motivation and Productivity   (3)
ORGB 390 Managing Change   (3)
ORGB 400 Organizational Culture   (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society   (3)

OR

Category 2. Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector Management (the following courses are offered online at Ryerson University)
CINP 902 Program Development and Evaluation in Nonprofit Sector   (3)
CINP 910 Strategic Planning and Communications for Nonprofit Organizations   (3)
CINP 912 Marketing and Fundraising in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector   (3)
CINP 915 Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector   (3)
CINP 916 Challenge, Crisis and Change: Public Policy and the Third Sector   (3)
CINP 920 Critical Issues in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector   (3)


4.8.5.  Human Services Major

The Bachelor of Professional Arts Human Services major responds to career and professional needs of career practitioners in the human services fields of early childhood education, child and youth care, rehabilitation services, and other closely related fields such as teacher assistants and counsellors. The program complements the diploma programs offered at community colleges in Alberta and across Canada.

Students are strongly encouraged to plan an individualized program of study to

  • consolidate and formalize their previous learning
  • build on their existing knowledge
  • broaden their knowledge base
  • explore areas of interest, and
  • prepare themselves for future education and career choices.

Students are advised to plan their program of study carefully to ensure that they meet all of the degree requirements. A maximum of 12 credits may be completed at the 200 level including any 200-level courses in the required common core. Students must also complete a minimum of 18 credits at the 400 level. If you need assistance in planning your program contact the program advisor.

Students must complete the following:


Required Major Courses (36 credits)

Students must complete six required courses and six additional courses, two chosen from each of the following three themes: Leadership, Public Policy Contexts, and A Changing Environment.

Required Courses (6 credits)
HSRV 311 Practice and Policy in the Human Services   (3)
HSRV 322 Policies in the Human Services    (3)

Elective Major Courses (Select 12 credits from the following)
HSRV 433 Directed Reading I: Topics in the Human Services   (3)
HSRV 455 Project Design I    (3)
HSRV 477 Project Implementation I   (3)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies   (3)
NTST 200 Introduction to Native Studies   (3)
ORGB 327 Leadership in Organizations   (3)
PSYC 389 An Introduction to Learning Disabilities   (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life   (3)
WMST 267 Perspectives on Women: An Introduction to Women's Studies   (3)
WMST 321 Advocacy from the Margins   (3)

18 Additional Courses (Select two courses from each theme)

The six theme-related courses create a strong multidisciplinary knowledge base in the areas of leadership, policy contexts and the rapidly changing world in which high-quality human service delivery occurs. The major courses offer a mix of traditional management and public administration along with innovative approaches that provide other possibilities for responding to rapid social change. Students may choose their courses to broaden and deepen their understanding or specialize, for example, by selecting aboriginal content or women's studies courses. With permission of the program coordinator other courses may be substituted under the theme headings to complement students' individualized program of study.

Eighteen credits must be compeleted at the 400 level. Students are advised to plan their program of study carefully to ensure that they meet all of the degree requirements.

Theme One: Leadership (Select two courses from the following)

These courses emphasize communications, management, finance, and social change.

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers or any 200-level accounting course    (3)
ECON 321 Economics of Health Care    (3)
CMIS 301 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)    (3)
CMNS 321 Computers and Human Experience    (3)
CMNS 365 Language and Power    (3)
CMNS 385 Media Construction of Social Movements and Issues    (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communications in Management    (3)
COMM 377 Communication and Problem Solving in Groups    (3)
HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals    (3)
LBST 332 Women and Unions    (3)
NTST 357 Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada    (3)
NURS 492 Entrepreneurship    (3)
ORGB 326 Organization Theory    (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour    (3)
ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management or
   HRMT 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management    (3)
ORGB 390 Managing Change   (3)
PADM 372 Canadian Public Finance    (3)
PSYC 470 Consultation and Collaboration for Students with Special Needs    (3)
PSYC 471 Managing Behaviour Problems in the Classroom    (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life    (3)
WMST 302 Communication Skills: Feminist Practice    (3)
WMST 422 Women, Violence, and Social Change    (3)

Theme Two: Public Policy Contexts (Select two courses from the following)

These courses emphasise government, law, society, and healthy communities.

CRJS 426 Aboriginal Government and Law     (3)
HADM 315 Health and Community Development   (3)
HADM 326 Health and Healing.    (3)
HADM 336 Community Health Planning     (3)
HADM 369 Health Policy in Canada     (3)
LBST 413 What do Unions Do?     (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations    (3)
LGST 331 Administrative Law   (3)
LGST 430 Canadian Legal System   (3)
NTST 201 Introduction to Native Studies II   (3)
PADM 390 Canadian Public Administration and Public Policy   (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics   (3)
POLI 311 Aboriginal Politics and Governments   (3)
POLI 330 International and Global Politics   (3)
POLI 350 Women in Canadian Politics   (3)
POLI 383 Introduction to Canadian Political Economy   (3)
SOCI 329 Aging and You (I): An Introduction to Gerontology   (3)
WMST 400 Feminism in the Western Tradition   (3)
WMST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory   (3)

Theme Three: A Changing Environment (Select two courses from the following)

These courses emphasise holistic approaches to communities, roots and sources, and methodology and research.

CRJS 352 Victims of Crime   (3)
CMNS 420 Children and Media   (3)
EDUC 301 Educational Issues and Social Change Ió Historical Social Perspectives   (3)
HADM 369 Health Policy in Canada   (3)
LBST 331 Women, Workers, and Farmers: Histories of North American Popular Resistance   (3)
NTST 342 Issues in Native Education   (3)
NTST 358 Aboriginal Women in Canadian Contemporary Society   (3)
NTST 369 History of Canada's First Nations from 1830   (3)
NTST 370 The Métis   (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Economy   (3)
PSYC 343 Issues and Strategies in Counselling Women   (3)
PSYC 389 An Introduction to Learning Disabilities   (3)
PSYC 400 Teaching and Managing the Child with Learning Difficulties   (3)
SOCI 435 Theories of Social Change   (3)
SOCI 380 Canadian Ethnic Studies   (3)
SOCI 450 Social Theory and the Environment   (3)
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences   (3)
WMST 303 Issues in Women's Health   (3)
WMST 311 Special Issues in Counselling Women    (3)
WMST 444 Feminist Research Methodology   (3)

Options (12 credits)

Select 12 additional credits in any discipline at the senior (300 or 400) level. Students should select electives with a view to fulfilling the general degree requirement, especially the requirement of completing six, three-credit courses at the 400 level. Students may select additional courses from those recommended for the Human Services major.


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