Criminal Justice (CRJS) 350

Community Policing (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: CRJS 350 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 350

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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CRJS 350: Community Policing will explore the evolution of policing to the present day, with a focus on the community-based approaches to frontline operational policing that tended to dominate the late twentieth century. The shifting role of publicly funded police organizations is examined in light of relatively recent technological developments and the consequent transformation of today's social fabric. All of this has been largely driven by the increasingly transparent nature of modern Western society. This course pays particular attention to the theoretical framework upon which the premises of community policing and problem-oriented policing were structured during the late 1970s and early 1980s. This was a time of great change within public police organizations that gave rise to data-driven policing practices and accountability mechanisms.


CRJS 350 comprises six units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Community Policing
  • Unit 2: The Reform Era
  • Unit 3: Community Strategies
  • Unit 4: Alternative Policing Strategies
  • Unit 5: On the Meaning of Community
  • Unit 6: Future Challenges for Public Policing


Your final grade in Criminal Justice 350: Community Policing will be based on your performance on five journaling exercises (15%), six written exercises (30%), a course project (25%), and a final exam (30%). To receive credit for the course, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam and an overall course grade of at least 50 percent. The following chart indicates the assignments for credit and their weighting toward the final grade:

Five Journal Exercises

You are to write and submit journal entries when you have completed Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Each entry is worth 3% of the total assignment weighting for Assignment 1: Journal Exercises.


Six Written exercises

You will complete a Written Exercise at the end of each unit of the course. Each Written Exercise is worth 5% of the weighting for Assignment 2.


A two part SARA Project

This assignment is divided into two parts: Part 1 is a synopsis worth 10% of the assignment weighting; Part 2 is the main project, worth 15% of the assignment weighting.


Final Exam




The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials for Criminal Justice 350: Community Policing are mostly found on the Moodle course site. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the various course components. The time you take to get acquainted with the materials will help you to begin your studies with confidence. If you have any problems or questions, contact your tutor for assistance.

Digital Reading Room: Assigned readings for this course are contained in the Digital Reading Room. You will be directed to these readings at the appropriate points in the course.


There is no textbook for this course.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the CRJS 350 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the written assignment and the examination.

Part I: Synopsis Part II: Project Exam Total
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Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, November 5, 2009.

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