Criminal Justice (CRJS) 410

Special Needs Policing (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: CRJS 410 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 410

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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CRJS 410: Special Needs Policing is designed to identify those groups, and the various characteristics of those groups, that have special needs with respect to policing. Identifying and assessing these needs within the policing context will better equip police officers to protect and work within these various communities. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a broad understanding of the diverse policing needs within a community, the diversity within a community, and how policing needs change over time. As the dynamics of a community change, so do the ways in which it is policed.


Criminal Justice 410: Special Needs Policing is divided into 11 units as follows:

  • Unit 1: Police Decision Making
  • Unit 2: Identification of Special Needs in Policing
  • Unit 3: Crimes Against Children
  • Unit 4: Women at Risk
  • Unit 5: Elder Abuse
  • Unit 6: Mental Health and People with Physical Disabilities
  • Unit 7: Internet Crimes
  • Unit 8: Hate Crimes
  • Unit 9: Profiling
  • Unit 10: Street Gangs in Canada
  • Unit 11: Policing and the Issue of Drugs


Your final grade in Criminal Justice 410: Special Needs Policing will be based on your performance on three written assignments totaling 50 percent of your overall course mark and a final exam, also worth 50 percent of your final grade. Please note that in order 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, their weighting toward the final grade, and the date on which they are due according to the study schedule provided in the course:

Credit Activity Weighting Date Due
Assignment 1:
Policing and the Identification of “Special Needs”
10% of final grade Upon completion of Units 1 and 2; Week 5 of the suggested study schedule
Assignment 2:
Dealing with “Special Needs” within a Family
20% of final grade Upon completion of Unit 7; Week 9 of the suggested study schedule
Assignment 3:
Working with the Needs of a Community
20% of final grade Upon completion of Unit 11; Week 13 of suggested study schedule
Final Exam 50% of final grade Upon completion of Unit 11 and all other course assignments; Week 16 of suggested study schedule
Total 100%  

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 410: Special Needs 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.


There is no text book for this course.

Reading File:This course contains a print reading file.

DRR (Digital Reading Room): Other readings for this course are contained in the DRR. You will be directed to these readings at the appropriate points in the 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 410 challenge registration, you must complete all components, achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam and achieve an overall course grade of at least D 50 percent.

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Exam Total
10% 20% 20% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 3, November 2009.

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