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The Overview Statement                            Graduate Programme in:
Programmes are required to submit one of these    Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration
forms with each package of changes, in order to
provide a quick overview to all the changes in
the package.
                                                  Date:
                                                  Approved by FGS APPC
                                                  January 19, 2011




I.   SUMMARY OF CHANGES

Type                           How many?              Type                                How many?

New Course Proposal                                   Crosslisting
                                                      (with another graduate programme)
                                                      (with an undergraduate course)
Special Topics Course
                                                      Delete Course
Degree Requirements               1

Admission Requirements                                Other specify

Course Level                    6000
                                                      Other specify
Course Description
II.   OVERVIEW STATEMENT

Indicate how the change(s) relate(s) to the educational objectives of your programme. (Where appropriate,
include references to your programme=s academic plan and O.C.G.S. periodic appraisal.)

Since the Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration (GDJSA) was created in 2000-
2001, the core course for the Diploma has been GS/POLS 5110, Judicial Administration in
Canada. This proposal is to replace POLS 5110 3.0 with a new course designed to become the
new core course for the Diploma program, GS/PPAL 6140 3.0, Court Organization and
Management. GS/PPAL 6140 3.0 was recently approved by FGS Council and will be offered for
the first time in the winter term of 2010-11. At the same time, the course outline for POLS 5110
3.0 has been modified to better reflect its focus on judicial and trial process issues, which does
not overlap with the focus of GS/PPAL 6140 3.0. Further, as a 6000-level course, the graduate
experience for students taking the new core course will be significantly enhanced.

The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) has been administratively responsible for
the Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration since the SPPA was created in 2006. The
Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL), which is also anchored in the SPPA,
accepted its first students in 2007. By creating a 6000-level core course for the Diploma hosted
by SPPA, the core course can be offered at a time convenient for interested graduate students in
the MPPAL program, as well as students in the Political Science, Schulich, Law, and Socio-Legal
Studies graduate programs.

Rationale:

The Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration (GDJSA) was approved by Senate in
2000, and began operation in 2001. The purpose of the Diploma is to give graduate students the
skills necessary to pursue a career in justice system administration. The core course for the
Diploma is currently GS/POLS 5110 3.0, Judicial Administration in Canada, which is integrated
with LAPS/POLS 4105 3.0. Normally, 10 spaces are reserved for graduate students, and 15 for
undergraduate students. The core course must be taken over and above the degree
requirements of students who intend to complete the Graduate Diploma in Justice System
Administration. In addition, students must complete one other specified course related to justice
system administration (which can be part of their degree requirements), a 12-week internship if
they have not had at least 12 weeks of experience in the justice system, and their MRP or
dissertation must be relevant to the Diploma.

As noted above, this proposal is to replace POLS 5110 3.0 with a new course designed to
become the new core course for the Diploma program, GS/PPAL 6140 3.0, Court Organization
and Management. GS/PPAL 6140 3.0 was recently approved by FGS Council and will be offered
for the first time in the winter term of 2010-11. At the same time, the course outline for POLS
5110 3.0 has been modified to better reflect its focus on judicial and trial process issues, which
does not overlap with the focus of GS/PPAL 6140 3.0. Further, as a 6000-level course, the
graduate experience for students taking the new core course will be significantly enhanced.

There has been a good deal of interest from Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law
(MPPAL) students in pursuing the Diploma. However, to accommodate this demand, the core
course needs to be offered at a convenient time and location for part-time students. Since 2001, 2
or 3 students a year who are not in the graduate program in Law have pursued the Diploma each
year. Most are in the Political Science graduate program, and occasionally Schulich students will
pursue the Diploma. If the core course for the GDJSA is offered at a time and location convenient
for students in the MPPAL program, as well as the MPA and MBA programs, the part-time and
full-time LLM programs, the Political Science and the Socio-Legal Studies graduate programs,
clearly the course will fill each year, and a good many more students will pursue the Diploma than
is currently the case.

The GDJSA was at first administered by the Schulich School of Business. When the School of
Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) was created in 2006, the administration of the GDJSA
was transferred to the School by the legislation that created the SPPA. As noted above, the
Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL), which is anchored in the SPPA,
accepted its first students in 2007. Because the MPPAL is a de-regulated program, the program
is supported entirely by student tuition fees, although the university also receives government
BIUs based on the number of students in the program. Because none of the MPPAL students
receive funding packages from FGS, funds are available from revenue generated by the MPPAL
to create a 6000-level core course for the GDJSA. Prof. Kim Michasiw, Associate Dean
(Curriculum and Enrolment, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies) agreed to allow the
MPPAL program to create a 6000-level core course for the GDJSA (GS/PPAL 6140 3.0, Court
Organization and Management). There are several faculty members in the School of Public Policy
and Administration and appointed to the Graduate Program in Public Policy, Administration and
Law with the expertise to teach the core course in Judicial Administration.


Current Calendar Copy:

Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration:

The programme of study allows students in appropriate graduate programmes at York University
to specialize formally in the area of Justice System Administration, and to be awarded a Graduate
Diploma in Justice System Administration. The Diploma is awarded concurrently with the
Master’s or Doctoral degree for which the student is registered. For those students who
successfully complete both the Degree and Diploma, the Diploma is noted on the student’s
transcript and awarded at the subsequent convocation. Students can only receive the Diploma if
they successfully complete their graduate degree programme. The Diploma aims to equip
students with both the analytical and practical insights needed to help administer justice system
programmes fairly, responsively and effectively. The programme is geared to students who
aspire to leadership positions in the justice system.

Each student is exposed to an in-depth analysis of the literature on judicial administration in
Canada, with relevant comparisons to other related jurisdictions. In addition, students will be
exposed to a related body of literature on law and public administration, and students without
substantial managerial experience in the justice system will complete a twelve-week work
placement.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates for the Diploma must first be admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies as
Candidates for a Masters or Doctoral degree in one of the participating graduate programmes.
Candidates formally register their intention to complete the Diploma with the Diploma Co-
ordinator, following registration for their degree programme, at the time they define their
programme of studies.

The Diploma is an interdisciplinary one, open to students in any relevant graduate programme
including, for example, Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration,
International Business Administration, and Law.

Diploma Requirements:
Students must complete the programme requirements of the degree for which they are
registered. In order to receive a Diploma in Justice System Administration, each student must
also satisfy the following requirements:

i) successfully complete GS/POLS 5110 3.0, “Issues in Justice System Administration.”

For all students except those Masters students registered with the Schulich School of Business or
the Faculty of Environmental Studies, GS/POLS 5110 3.0, “Issues in Justice System
Administration” is an additional requirement, over and above regular degree requirements, and
may not be counted toward the course requirements for the Masters or Doctoral degrees. For
diploma students registered with the Schulich School of Business or the Faculty of Environmental
Studies, diploma students must write a research paper beyond the normal degree requirements
on a topic related to justice system administration approved by the Diploma coordinator.

ii) successfully complete one of the following courses: GS/POLS 5601 3.0 “Systems of Justice,”
or SB/PUBL 6200.03 / SB/PUBL 6200.03 / GS/POLS 6120.03, “Canadian Public Law,” or PUBL
6210 3.0 / LAW 3570 3.0, “Public Administration and the Law.”

iii) Students pursuing the DJSA while pursuing an MPA, MBA or IMBA must choose a topic for
their PUBL 6100.03 or MGT 6100.03 course that is related to justice system administration and is
approved by the Coordinator of the diploma. Students pursuing the DJSA while pursuing a
Masters programme that requires a Major Research Paper must choose a topic for their Major
Research Paper that is related to justice system administration and approved by the Coordinator
of the diploma. Students pursuing the DJSA while pursuing a Ph.D. or while pursuing a Masters
programme that requires a dissertation must choose a topic for their dissertation that is related to
justice system administration and approved by the Coordinator of the diploma. Students pursuing
the DJSA while pursuing a coursework MA must ensure that they take two three-credit courses,
in addition to the six credits of DJSA courses, that are approved by the Coordinator of the
diploma as being relevant to justice system administration.

iv) Work Placement: The work placement consists of a minimum 12 week, full-time, non- credit
internship in an organization in the justice system or in an organization where management skills
relevant to justice system administration may be developed. All placements must be approved by
the Coordinator of the Programme. All students are required to write a concise report on their
placement experience and this report must be approved by the Coordinator. In exceptional
circumstances, suitably qualified students may substitute an original research paper for the work
placement with the permission of the Coordinator. In this case, the research paper would not
count for credit toward the Diploma, but would replace the work placement requirement for the
Diploma. Such an exception might, for example, be granted in the case of a student who already
has years of experience working in a managerial capacity in the justice system. Students will be
required to locate their own work placement site.

Faculty members:

Ian Greene, Department of Political Science. Associate Professor. Areas of teaching and
research: law and politics, judicial administration, public administration, judicial behaviour, public
law, programme evaluation, Canadian government, ethical politics.

Lorne Sossin, Department of Political Science and Faculty of Law. Assistant Professor. Areas of
teaching and research: public law, law and politics, judicial administration, public administration,
civil procedure, justiciability, democratic administration.
Thomas Wilson, Schulich School of Business and Faculty of Law. Professor. Areas of teaching
and research: law and politics, judicial administration, public administration, strategic
management, programme evaluation, administrative law.

Administration:

The DJSA program will be administered by the Coordinator appointed by the Director of the MPA
Programme. The Coordinator is currently Ian Greene. The Coordinator will be assisted by a
Justice System Administration Diploma Committee consisting of the Director of the Political
Science Graduate Director, the Director of the MBA programme, and the Director of the LLM
programme (or their designates), and a faculty member who specializes in justice system
administration research.

Students must register for the Diploma in Justice System Administration by completing
the appropriate registration form and returning it to the Coordinator of the Diploma. The
registration form may be obtained from Ian Greene, 133 McLaughlin College, from the
McLaughlin College Reception Area, Second Floor, McLaughlin College, or from the MPA Office
in the Schulich School of Business.

Resources: Thanks to a generous donation from Prof. Carl Baar, the Diploma Programme has
extensive resource materials on judicial administration. They are currently being catalogued and
will be available to students by September of 2001.


New Calendar Copy

Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration:

The programme of study allows students in appropriate graduate programmes at York University
to specialize formally in the area of Justice System Administration, and to be awarded a Graduate
Diploma in Justice System Administration. The Diploma is awarded concurrently with the
Master’s or Doctoral degree for which the student is registered. For those students who
successfully complete both the Degree and Diploma, the Diploma is noted on the student’s
transcript and awarded at the subsequent convocation. Students can only receive the Diploma if
they successfully complete their graduate degree programme. The Diploma aims to equip
students with both the analytical and practical insights needed to help administer justice system
programmes fairly, responsively and effectively. The programme is geared to students who
aspire to leadership positions in the justice system.

Each student is exposed to an in-depth analysis of the literature on judicial administration in
Canada, with relevant comparisons to other related jurisdictions. In addition, students will be
exposed to a related body of literature on law and public administration, and students without
substantial managerial experience in the justice system will complete a twelve-week work
placement.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates for the Diploma must first be admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies as
Candidates for a Masters or Doctoral degree in one of the participating graduate programmes.
Candidates formally register their intention to complete the Diploma with the Diploma Co-
ordinator, following registration for their degree programme, at the time they define their
programme of studies.
The Diploma is an interdisciplinary one, open to students in any relevant graduate programme
including, for example, Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) Political Science, Public
and International Affairs (MPIA), Public Administration (MPA), Business Administration (MBA),
Law, and Socio-Legal Studies.

Diploma Requirements:

Students must complete the programme requirements of the degree for which they are
registered. In order to receive a Diploma in Justice System Administration, each student must
also satisfy the following requirements:

i) successfully complete GS/PPAL 6140 3.0, “Court Organization and Management.”
For all students except those Masters students registered with the Schulich School of Business or
the Faculty of Environmental Studies, GS/PPAL 6140 3.0, “Court Organization and Management”
is an additional requirement, over and above regular degree requirements, and may not be
counted toward the course requirements for the Masters or Doctoral degrees. For diploma
students registered with the Schulich School of Business or the Faculty of Environmental Studies,
diploma students must write a research paper beyond the normal degree requirements on a topic
related to justice system administration approved by the Diploma coordinator, and GS/PPAL 6140
3.0, “Court Organization and Management” may be counted toward their degree.

ii) successfully complete one of the following courses: GS/POLS 5110 3.0 / SB/PUBL 5110 3.0 /
                                                         1
GS/LAW 6710 3.0, “Judicial Administration in Canada,” or GS/POLS 5601 3.0 “Systems of
Justice,” or GS/SLST 6050 3.0 / SB/PUBL 6200 3.0 / GS/POLS 6120 3.0, “Canadian Public Law,”
or PPAL 6100 3.0, “Constitutional and Administrative Law,” or another three-credit graduate
course relevant to justice system administration that is approved by the Coordinator of the
Diploma programme.

iii) Students pursuing the DJSA while pursuing an MPA, MBA or IMBA must choose a topic for
their PUBL 6100.03 or MGT 6100.03 course that is related to justice system administration and is
approved by the Coordinator of the diploma. Students pursuing the DJSA while pursuing a
Masters programme that requires a Major Research Paper must choose a topic for their Major
Research Paper that is related to justice system administration and approved by the Coordinator
of the diploma. Students pursuing the DJSA while pursuing a Ph.D. or while pursuing a Masters
programme that requires a dissertation must choose a topic for their dissertation that is related to
justice system administration and approved by the Coordinator of the diploma. Students pursuing
the DJSA while pursuing a coursework MA must ensure that they take two three-credit courses,
in addition to the six credits of DJSA courses, that are approved by the Coordinator of the
diploma as being relevant to justice system administration.

iv) Work Placement: The work placement consists of a minimum 12 week, full-time, non- credit
internship in an organization in the justice system or in an organization where management skills
relevant to justice system administration may be developed. All placements must be approved by
the Coordinator of the Programme. All students are required to write a concise report on their
placement experience and this report must be approved by the Coordinator. In exceptional
circumstances, suitably qualified students may substitute an original research paper for the work
placement with the permission of the Coordinator. In this case, the research paper would not
count for credit toward the Diploma, but would replace the work placement requirement for the
Diploma. Such an exception might, for example, be granted in the case of a student who already
has years of experience working in a managerial capacity in the justice system. Students will be
required to locate their own work placement site.

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 Rhe course outline for POLS 5110 3.0 has been modified to better reflect its focus on judicial and trial
process issues, which does not overlap with the focus of GS/PPAL 6140 3.0.
Faculty members:

Ian Greene, School of Public Policy and Administration, University Professor. Areas of teaching
and research: law and politics, judicial administration, public administration, judicial behaviour,
public law, ethical politics.

Lesley Jacobs, Department of Political Science and Department of Social Science, Full Professor.
Areas of teaching and research: law and society, court management, and jurisprudence.

Ray Bazowski, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy and Administration,
Associate Professor. Areas of teaching and Research: federalism, judicial process.

Soren Frederiksen, School of Public Policy and Administration, Assistant Professor. Areas of
teaching and Research: administrative law, evidence.

James Simeon, School of Public Policy and Administration, Assistant Professor. Areas of
teaching and Research: public administration, refugee law, tribunal processes.

Dagmar Soennecken, School of Public Policy and Administration, Assistant Professor. Areas of
teaching and Research: Public Policy, refugee policy, judicial process.

Thomas Wilson, Schulich School of Business, Faculty of Law, Full Professor. Areas of teaching
and research: law and politics, judicial administration, public administration, strategic
management, programme evaluation, administrative law.

Carl Baar, Adjunct Professor (former Full Professor, Brock University). Areas of teaching and
research: Judicial Administration, Court Organization and Management.

Administration:

The DJSA program will be administered by the Coordinator appointed by the Dean of Graduate
Studies. The Coordinator will be assisted by a Justice System Administration Diploma
Committee consisting of the Director of the MPPAL Programme, the Political Science Graduate
Director, the Director of the MBA programme, and the Director of the LLM programme (or their
designates), and a faculty member who specializes in justice system administration research.

Students must register for the Diploma in Justice System Administration by completing
the appropriate registration form and returning it to the Coordinator of the Diploma. The
registration form may be obtained from the MPPAL Graduate Office.

Resources: Thanks to a generous donation from Prof. Carl Baar, the Diploma Programme has
extensive resource materials on judicial administration.

				
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