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LAWC 050 - Canadian Law
Course Details
Course Code:
LAWC 050

Calendar Description:
LAW 050 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.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 100
Seminars and Tutorials: 20

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

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

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
1. Introduction to Canadian Law
i. Defining Law
ii. History of Canadian Law
iii. Government and Law-making

2. Rights and Freedoms in Canada
i. Application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

3. Criminal Law
i. The Criminal Code of Canada
ii. Elements of a Crime
iii. The Criminal Trial

4. Civil Law
i. Civil Disputes
ii. The Civil Trial
iii. Tort Law

5. Family Law
i. Marriage and Divorce
ii. Child Custody and Support
iii. Division of Property

6. Contract Law
i. Elements and Application of a Contract
ii. Landlord and Tenant Law
iii. Employment Law

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

i. define a wide variety of legal terms;
ii. review the history of Canadian law;
iii. cite to specific cases when discussing various legal issues;
iv. illustrate the application of Canadian law in a variety of scenarios;
v. examine Canadian law as it applies to a variety of current issues;
vi. apply the law with respect to personal experiences;
vii. evaluate the effectiveness of of Canadian law;
viii. predict how Canadian law may evolve in the future;
ix. review the different types of Canadian law.

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 40 %
Midterm Exam: 10 %
Assignments: 50 %

Number of Assignments:

Writing Assignments:
Learners will complete the following assignments for each chapter: brief definitions of legal terms, short answer questions, application of legal principle to real-life scenarios, and position papers.

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Please note that textbooks and resources may vary by campus and/or to meet the needs of individual learners. Please contact the instructor at campus of attendance for list of required books.

Text Books:

Required - Gibson, D.L., et al, 2003, All About Law (Nelson). Chapters Covered: 1, 2, 4-19
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