Summer 2018 - CRIM 135 J100
Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
Class Number: 6904
Delivery Method: In Person
A general introduction to the fundamental and competing principles of jurisprudence and to the basic legal institutions of Canada. Prepares students for those law and law related courses offered within the School of Criminology and will consider the history of Canadian law, the development of the Canadian constitution, the system of Canadian courts and the roles and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. In addition, the course will consider the nature of legal reasoning, the doctrine of precedent, principles of statutory interpretation and will also introduce the fields of contract, torts, administrative law, and family law. Also examines the process of law reform in Canada. Breadth-Social Sciences.
1. To lay the foundation for students to gain maximum benefit from law and law-related courses offered within the School of Criminology.
2. To emphasize those aspects of Canadian law and legal institutions that will be of particular significance to criminology students.
3. To familiarize students with fundamental principles of jurisprudence.
4. To identify the basic legal institutions in Canada.
5. To introduce the concept of law as a process of authoritative and controlling decision-making and to enable
students to identify this process in operation at various levels of the legislative, judicial, and
6. To foster an understanding of the broad social, historic, economic, and political contexts within which Canadian law and legal institutions have developed, and to consider the impact of Canadian law on special populations.
- Midterm Exam-Week Seven 25%
- Reaction paper and Presentation - TBD in Week 2 25%
- Class Participation - Ongoing 15%
- Final Exam - Exam Period 35%
1. Boyd, Neil. Canadian Law: An Introduction, 6th Edition. Nelson Canada, 2014.
2. Additional resources will be made available to students via email or via Canvas.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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