Spring 2020 - EDUC 446 C100

Law for the Classroom Teacher (4)

Class Number: 7680

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Provides a fundamental knowledge of law to teach law-related content in the BC curriculum: social studies, science, personal planning, language arts, P.E., social responsibility, and business. Topics: Canadian legal system, legal history, legal reasoning, dispute resolution strategies, the role of the courts, and family, environmental, property and contract laws.


Many of subjects in the BC curriculum include law-related content, in particular Social Studies, Science, Language Arts/English, Career Personal Planning and Law 12, as well as the Social Responsibility Performance Standards. This REVISED and UPDATED course provides teachers, prospective teachers, and other interested parties with a fundamental understanding of Canadian Law and legal processes that enables them to better address law-related topics in the classroom such as: * the historical development of Canada's political and legal system; * basic legal concepts and legal reasoning; * strategies for resolving disputes inside and outside the court system; * the roles of the courts, judges, juries and lawyers' * numerous aspects of family law, and * property and contract law. The family law section reviews legal remedies that are available in matrimonial disputes, the intricacies of separation agreements, the differences between a legal separation and a divorce, and the procedures involved in obtaining a divorce and gaining child support. Since teachers and administrators may become involved in incidents of family breakdowns that affect students and parents' relationships with the school, this section will help to make informed judgments/decisions. The family law section is also important for those teachers planning to teach Law 12.


  • Assignments 50%
  • BB Collaborate Discussions 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



Canadian Law and the Canadian Legal System (1st Ed., 2007), Horner
ISBN: 9780205445561

JP Boyd on Family Law: Resolving family law disputes in British Columbia. 2019 (Free eBook, link provided in course)

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All CODE Courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam). 
If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details. 

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

*Important Note for U.S. citizens: As per the U.S. Department of Education, programs offered in whole or in part through telecommunications, otherwise known as distance education or correspondence are ineligible for Federal Direct Loans. This also includes scenarios where students who take distance education courses outside of their loan period and pay for them with their own funding, and attempt to apply for future Federal Direct Loans. 

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Registrar Notes:

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html