Fall 2022 - CRIM 135 D100
Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective (3)
Class Number: 2434
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.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
• Identify and explain the foundation of Canada’s legal system, the legal profession, and key legal principles.
• Describe and explain the basics of both private and public law and fundamental principles of jurisprudence; the concept of law as a process of authoritative and controlling decision-making; and the various levels of the legislative, judicial, and administrative processes.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the broad social, historic, economic, and political contexts within which Canadian law and legal institutions have developed.
• Describe the constitutional framework of the Canadian legal system.
• Apply theoretical knowledge to realistic scenarios and their interpretations of case law.
- Tutorial Engagement 15%
- Individual Assignment 20%
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Final Exam (Take-Home) 35%
Boyd, Neil. Canadian Law: An Introduction, 7th Edition (Top Hat, 2019).
Other readings will be assigned via Canvas and/or the SFU Library
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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