Field Placement

 

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown completed her placement at the John Howard Society Non-Residential Attendance Centre (NRAC) - Read her testimonial

The Field Placement Program in Criminology

The Field Placement is a unique learning experience. It is a great opportunity to observe and experiment criminological practices in the field. Because we are situated in the national capital, we offer diverse field opportunities including but not limited to policy analysis, program development and evaluation, research or front line work with people involved with the criminal justice system. Please consult the Field Placement Directory for a more detailed description of the opportunities offered.

Devised to enhance pedagogical guidance and supervision, the Field Placement is an excellent opportunity to develop knowledge of the profession as well as hard and soft skills that are transferable to the workplace. Furthermore, students are invited to personalize the Field Placement experience by integrating their personal and professional learning objectives to the more general objectives of the program.

The Field Placement is an academic activity reserved for students registered in the following programs:

  • Honours in Criminology - Field Placement option;
  • Joint Honours in Criminology and Women’s Studies - Field Placement option;
  • MA Criminology - Thesis and Field Placement Option.
Undergraduate Field Placement

Students admitted to the Honours in Criminology and to the Joint Honours in Criminology and Women’s Studies have access to two options: field placement option and course option. Students who want to be admitted to the field placement option will need to submit an Application for a Change of Program to the Undergraduate Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences during the first semester (Fall) of the third year of studies. The number of places for field placements being limited (30 places in English and 30 places in French), places will be assigned to students with the highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA).The undergraduate field placement is usually completed during the fourth year of study.

To be eligible for the field placement program, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Completed 21 credits in Criminology;
  • Completed a minimum of 72 university credits by the end of the Fall semester of the 3rd year of studies;
  • Have a minimum 6.0 CGPA (cumulative grade point average).

Once admitted into the field placement, students must meet the following conditions to complete a placement:

  • Attended the Information Session
    • Information sessions about the Field Placement Program are offered in mid-February of each year. The specific dates and location of these information sessions are announced in January on the Department of Criminology website. The objective of the information session is to prepare students planning a placement the following academic year.
  • Participated in an Orientation Interview and have submitted required documents;
  • Submitted their Undergraduate Course Enrolment Form to register for the field placement (CRM4260/FEM4260) and the field placement seminar (CRM4317);
  • Undertaken the necessary steps of the matching process in a timely fashion;
  • Attended the mandatory Pre-Placement Training

Students who do not meet one or more of the conditions presented above will be withdrawn from the field placement (CRM4260/FEM4260) and the field placement seminar (CRM4317).

Field Placement Students may register for a placement during the Fall semester (32 hours a week from September to December) or for a placement during the Winter Semester (32 hours a week from January to April).

Please consult the Undergraduate Field Placement Guide for additional information about the policies and procedures that govern the Field Placement Program.

Please consult the Field Placement Directory for information about the organizations that participate in the program.

Documents for the management of the Field Placement:

Finally, do not hesitate to contact the Field Placement Coordinators if you would like additional information.

Joanne Cardinal
613-562-5800 ext. 1808
joanne.cardinal@uOttawa.ca 

Geneviève Nault
613-562-5800 ext. 1816

 

Graduate Field Placement

If you are interested in completing a Field Placement during your graduate studies, please note that you have to be admitted to the Master’s with thesis program first. In your letter of intent, please indicate that you would like to be considered for the thesis and field placement option. Admissions to the field placement option are decided by the Department at the end of April.

Students registered in the MA in criminology with Thesis and Field Placement Option participate in a 360 hour non-remunerated field placement during the Fall of their second year of study (32 hours a week from September to December).

Information about the admission process for the Master’s Program

For more information about the policies and procedures that govern the field placement, please consult the Graduate Field Placement Guide.

For more information about the organizations that participate in the program please consult the Field Placement Directory.

Documents for the management of the Field Placement:

Finally, do not hesitate to contact the Field Placement Coordinators if you would like to discuss further.

Joanne Cardinal
613-562-5800 ext. 1808
joanne.cardinal@uOttawa.ca 

Geneviève Nault
613-562-5800 ext. 1816
For Field Supervisors

We are happy to accompany and support Field Supervisors responsible for the orientation, training, supervision, mentoring and evaluation of Field Placement Students. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to participate in one of our Training Sessions for Field Supervisors. For a preview of the session, please consult Training for Supervisors, September 2015.

If you are looking for information about the management of the placement including due dates for the 2017 Fall semester, please take a look at Information for Field Supervisors September 2017.

Documents for the management of the Field Placement:

For more information on the policies and procedures that govern the Field Placement Program, please consult the

Finally, do not hesitate to contact the Field Placement Coordinators if you would like to discuss further.

Joanne Cardinal
613-562-5800 ext. 1808
joanne.cardinal@uOttawa.ca

Geneviève Nault
613-562-5800 ext. 1816
For Organizations Interested in Supervising Field Placement Students

Approximately 80 graduate and undergraduate students register for a field placement each year. The Field Placement is a mandatory non-remunerated requirement of the Honours in Criminology, the Joint Honours with Specialization in Criminology and Women’s Studies and of the Master’s Program in Criminology –Thesis and Field Placement Option. Undergraduate students complete their placement in their fourth year of study (Fall or Winter semester) while graduate students do so in the Fall semester of the second year of study.

All field placement students are in the field 32 hours a week and must complete a minimum of 360 hours in the field.

The Department of Criminology is always interested in exploring new placement opportunities. Participating in the Field Placement Program has many advantages for those involved:

  • The satisfaction of contributing to the personal and professional development of students.
  • Access to students with special skills and knowledge who may bring new ideas and work methods to the organization.
  • Development of the supervisory and training skills of staff who may not have the opportunity to do so in their current position.
  • Development of the agency’s own pool of potential employees.

Here are some things to consider when assessing the feasibility of a placement in your organization:

  • The agency is interested in the orientation of the Department of Criminology as it relates to the practice of criminology
  • The agency is interested in the education of the students, understands that the placement differs from a job or volunteer work and is willing to commit to the educational objectives of the placement. Therefore, a job or volunteer work cannot become a field placement since the field placement must provide new learning opportunities and new challenges. The agency views the field placement as a learning activity and does not focus solely on productivity.
  • The agency is able to provide interesting learning opportunities that meet the field placement objectives and respond to the educational needs of the student and offers an environment in which students can apply their academic knowledge and skills.
  • The agency is able to provide supervision by an employee who has a minimum of two years experience in their current position.
  • The agency can support the Field Supervisors in the orientation, training, supervision and evaluation of the students.
  • The agency is able to provide a positive work environment and adequate work space for the student.

Here are the steps to offer a field placement opportunity

  • Provide a description of the placement you would like to offer using this Field Placement Description Form.
  • Identify the contact person within your agency that will be responsible for the matching process.
  • Receive the list of candidates from the Field Placement Coordinator of the Department of Criminology.
  • Receive and assess the resumes and cover letters of the interested candidates.
  • Invite the candidates to an interview.
  • Evaluate the candidates and make a decision.
  • Inform the candidates and the Field Placement Coordinator of the Department of Criminology of your decision.

The Field Placement Coordinators are always available to assist participating agencies before, during and after the placement. Before the placement, we can help agencies determine whether the placement is likely to be a good fit for our students and provide assistance in the development of the field placement description. We can also help mediate conflict or clarify expectations during the placement period.

For additional information about our program please consult

You may also contact the Field Placement Coordinators:

Joanne Cardinal
joanne.cardinal@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5800 ext. 1808

Geneviève Nault
613-562-5800 ext. 1816
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