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LAWC 050 - Canadian Law

Canadian Law introduces students to the basic elements of the Canadian legal system. Subjects include the law-making process, the history of Canadian law, criminal law, civil law, family law, and contract law. The effects of the legal process on the lives of Canadian citizens and the application of the legal system will be also be examined.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 5; Seminars and Tutorials: 1)


Total Weeks: 20



ENGL 040 Advanced English or equivalent, or SOST 040 Advanced Social Studies or equivalent,
OR permission of the instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Introduction to Canadian Law
- Defining Law
- History of Canadian Law
- Government and Law-making
Rights and Freedoms in Canada
- Application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Criminal Law
- The Criminal Code of Canada
- Elements of a Crime
- The Criminal Trial
Civil Law
- Civil Disputes
- The Civil Trial
- Tort Law
Family Law
- Marriage and Divorce
- Child Custody and Support
- Division of Property
Contract Law
- Elements and Application of a Contract
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- Employment Law


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Define a wide variety of legal terms;
- Review the history of Canadian law;
- Cite to specific cases when discussing various legal issues;
- Illustrate the application of Canadian law in a variety of scenarios;
- Examine Canadian law as it applies to a variety of current issues;
- Apply the law with respect to personal experiences;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of of Canadian law;
- Predict how Canadian law may evolve in the future;

- Review the different types of Canadian law.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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