Summer 2022 - CRIM 335 OL01

Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)

Class Number: 3749

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 23, 2022
    6:00 PM – 7:50 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101 and CRIM 135.



A study of the relationship between the government and the individual. Focus upon the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its interpretation by the judiciary. Examination of the issues of equality before the law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of expression. A study of human rights at the international, federal and provincial levels.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge and a critical understanding of human rights and civil liberties particularly in Canada.
  • Identify and explain the tension between government actions and individual rights and freedoms, considering a range of thought regarding the scope and nature of various rights and freedoms, as well as appropriate limits to such rights and freedoms in a liberal democracy such as our own.
  • Describe the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with specific focus on the issues of freedom of expression, freedom of religion, equality, and Indigenous legal issues.
  • Demonstrate understanding non-Charter human rights protections in Canada and the protection of human rights at the international level.
  • Analyze legal principles in realistic scenarios.
  • Identify and explain the complexity of claims and assertions advanced in support of protecting and limiting human rights, civil liberties, and collective interests in Canada.

This course is an online course: all materials (except exams) are delivered asynchronously. Students will need to log onto Canvas by the end of the first week of the term and check Canvas regularly (every week) for updates. The open book midterm and final exams will be conducted in Canvas, in a timed online format, scheduled in accordance with the registrar’s schedule. See the syllabus available on Canvas for a complete list of all policies applicable to this course.


  • Case review and comment 15%
  • Scenario response 15%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Term Paper Outline 10%
  • Term Paper 30%



1. Sharpe, R. & Roach, K. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (7th Ed). Toronto: Irwin Law. E-book available.

2. Other readings will be assigned via Canvas and/or the SFU Library

Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Center for Accessible Learning, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (SWH 10156), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security).  For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5.  The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly.  The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors).  The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise they will receive a grade of N. 
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.


Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

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, online, or blended courses 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 ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.