Experiential Learning

Experiential learning

Policy StudiesExperiential learning innovation also characterizes this degree. Working as delegations, you'll participate in a weekend-long Model United Nations. Also, with the assistance of lawyers from Bennett Jones, you will prepare an appeal of a Supreme Court of Canada decision and present at a Moot Court held at the Court of Queen's Bench.

Professors bring a wealth of real-world knowledge into the classroom gained from experience with organizations such as Canada's Competition Bureau, the World Bank and Canada's Department of Finance.

Each year, during the Winter semester, there is a western Canadian university Model United Nations (MUN) — featuring students from Mount Royal University, University of Calgary, Red Deer College, Grant MacEwan University, Concordia University and Grande Prairie Regional College.

There will be a conference registration fee - this will cover conference supplies, but it will also cover lunch and the banquet dinner.

Model United Nations will be hosted by Mount Royal University; March 6 - 8, 2020

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Our Moot Court Exercise — an 'appeal' of an actual Supreme Court of Canada decision performed by our 'Ultra Supreme Court of Canada' — is a highlight of the course. This exercise takes place in either late November or early December at the Court of Queen's Bench in the Calgary Courts Centre.

We begin our formal preparations for Moot Court in October. The moot is organized with the cooperation of the Calgary offices of Bennett Jones, LLP. Several Bennett Jones lawyers will assist us in our preparation. We meet with the lawyers twice during November: the first time at the law firm, and the second time at 'practice moot' held in our lecture room. Please prepare your personal schedules accordingly, as attendance at both of these functions is mandatory for all.

The student Ultra Supreme Court has a minimum of nine justices for each moot exercise (remember: there are 2 separate moot groups), accompanied by a Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, who will sit as Chief Justice. Other students will take on the role of lawyers for both parties in the case, i.e., for the Appellant and Respondent, each with senior and junior counsel, as well as interveners. (Interveners are legal counsel not involved directly in the actual dispute, but who nonetheless are permitted by the court to participate.) Other students will assume the role of journalists covering the case. Each moot will also require one clerk of the court to assist with the proceedings. Finally, a number of students will take on the role of researchers/alternate justices.


Developing analytical skills with respect to: ideas, media, texts, institutions, processes, polls (if utilized).

  • Putting your analytical skills to use in producing a research product — how to conduct research and write a judgment, brief, or article; how to read a case; how to present a case.
  • Informing you of the critical relationship between politics and the judiciary.
  • Helping to develop skills in: research, writing, presentation/articulation, argumentation and critique, scholarly interpretation, legal arguments, examination taking.
  • Promoting clarity in political values and concepts; examples include the rule of law, power, authority, legitimacy, sovereignty, rights, obligations, liberty, coercion, dissent.
Policy Studies students can work in diverse positions involving education, business, government, healthcare, oil and gas, research institutes, policy consultants and lobby groups. Opportunities may include: research, data analysis, policy formation, foreign policies, themes and trends in economic and political issues, technical writing, statistical compilation and interpretation with instruments and techniques of policy implementation. It is advised that students explore volunteer and/or summer employment opportunities before taking the internship course, as some positions require additional experience and/or qualifications.

Justice Studies

Study in Alberta's only four-year Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice program and expand your understanding of law enforcement, community outreach and victim services. Through theory and hands-on learning such as court visits and mock trials, you'll gain a strong foundation for the workplace or graduate studies.

Faculty in the program are outstanding instructors with extensive field experience. All are actively engaged in research and/or community development. They have investigated issues such as the presentation of DNA evidence in the courtroom, policy analysis of prostitution issues in Canada, geographic mapping of crime patterns and law enforcement effectiveness. They are also involved with many community agencies.

Join us for a field school in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and learn how the criminal justice system works in Canada's North. CRJS 2011 is a 3 credit option course available to CRJS students. It has a Community Service Learning designation. You can find more information here or contact D. Scharie Tavcer.

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For more information on the Nunavut field school, contact:


D. Scharie Tavcer
Criminal Justice Office: EA 3059
Phone: 403.440.6383
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For the first time, Prof. Winterdyk will be offering a 2+ week study tour to CHINA to visit and study their criminal justice system firsthand. Since 1949, China has established a socialist based criminal justice system which serves over a billion people. After the Cultural Revolution in 1979, China has undergone many law and procedural reforms which makes for an interesting study. And as one of the major world powers today, it is a country and criminal justice system worthy of study.

As this will be our first field trip to China the tour/field school will be limited to no more than 18 students.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Tavcer is offering her field school study to Rankin Inlet in May 2017. If you are interested in participating in both field schools you will be eligible to receive credit for only one of the option courses as both programs are designated as CRJS 2011. For further clarification see Leann Acheson the Justice Studies Academic Adviser/Practicum Coordinator.

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For more information on the China 2018 field school, contact:

John Winterdyk
Criminal Justice Office: EA 3058
Phone: 403.440.6992
Email: jwinterdyk@mtroyal.ca

The four-year Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice program builds on Mount Royal University's strong reputation for leadership in justice education. For more than 35 years, Mount Royal has met the demand in the justice industry with leading-edge programs, first with a diploma, then an applied degree and now a university-level bachelor's degree.

Practica are unpaid work experiences consisting of 2.5 days of full-time work within an agency, plus bi-weekly academic seminars and required course assignments supervised by an instructor. Practicum is 6 credits towards your bachelors degree.

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For more information on internships, practica or academic advising, contact:

Policy Studies

Lori Williams
Student Advisor
Office: EA 3007
Phone: 403.440.5964
Email: lwilliams@mtroyal.ca

Criminal Justice

Leann Acheson
Practicum Coordinator and Academic Advisor
Office: EA 3038
Phone: 403.440.5682
Email: lacheson@mtroyal.ca