CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions

This course will introduce the student to the Canadian legal system. The student will gain a historical perspective of the development of Canadian law, Canadian court systems, the Canadian constitution, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms plus an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of judges and lawyers in the legal system. The student will also examine legal principles and doctrines such as precedent, legal research, legal reasoning, and statutory interpretation as well as explore how these principles and doctrines are applied to the fields of contract, tort, administrative, family, and criminal law.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15





Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Introduction to Legal Studies
- Systems of Law
- Sources of Law
- Types of Law
- Structure of Canadian Government
- Constitutional Law
- Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Human Rights
- The Court System
- The Legal Profession
- Legal Research
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Administrative Law
- Tort Law
- Family Law
- Women and the Law
- Children, Youth and the Law


Learning Outcomes:
After completing the course the student will be able to:

- Describe the primary areas of law in Canada;
- List the basic legal institutions in Canada including the roles and responsibilities of the various members of the legal system;
- Summarize the historical evolution of the Canadian legal system;
- Explain how the legal system evolves through legal reform;
- Describe and define fundamental concepts, principles, and doctrines of jurisprudence and discuss how they are applied to the various fields of law.


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


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