Fall 2022 - POL 151 D900

Justice and Law (3)

Class Number: 6124

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 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.


We explore the nature and character of the construction of the supreme court. This includes judicial selection, independence, decision making, and judicial behaviour and how these features have evolved (or devolved).

Courts arise to promote a number of important aims, one important aim that concerns us is the protection of individual liberties. We will talk about the ways in which courts and legislatures protect individual rights and the success and challenges that each avenue presents.

We aim to understand the legal and political challenges that courts and legislatures have in responding to protecting rights and we take the measures of race, racism, and indigeneity as points of critique of the courts, of the design of the courts, and of them as protectors of rights.



  • Final Exam 35%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Essay 25%
  • Tutorial Participation 15%



Law, politics, and the judicial process in Canada / F.L. Morton, ed., Dave Snow, ed. (Electronically available through the library)

Several course readings to be posted on Canvas.

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