Fall 2022 - POL 151 D100

Justice and Law (3)

Class Number: 5846

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby



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 website 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