Spring 2022 - POL 151 D900

Justice and Law (3)

Class Number: 5091

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYC 5240, Surrey



The development of laws and their application to the citizen and social groups. Special consideration will be given to civil liberties. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course is concerned with the relationship between politics, law, and the courts in Canada. It explores how the Canadian legal system emerged and how it currently functions within a wider social and political context. In the process, we will examine the structure of Canadian courts, the judicial process and the role of judges, the basics of criminal law, the constitution, the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the politics of human rights, and the overall effect of the courts on the quality of Canadian democracy. Key challenges, debates, and cases in law will be examined. Deeper questions concerning the pursuit of justice in contemporary societies will also be posed.


  • Mid-Term Test 25%
  • News Story Analysis 15%
  • Short Essay 15%
  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Final Exam 30%



Hausegger, Lori, Matthew Hennigar and Troy Riddell. (2015). Canadian Courts: Law, Politics and Process 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199002498                                                          

Digital version is available on Vitalsource: https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/products/canadian-courts-law-politics-and-process-lori-hausegger-matthew-v9780199011285

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.