The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lectures, audio-visual material, group work, library research, guest lectures, seminars and presentations.
- The Nature of Law
- Why we have laws, legal philosophy
- Introduction to the Legal System
- Main divisions of law, how to read and cite cases and statutes, the court structures
- Sources of Law
- Historical sources, legal sources, constitutional sources, the legislative process
- British Legal Tradition
- The Canadian reception and acceptance of this tradition, the basis of our constitutional system, the rule of law, parliamentary sovereignty, common law and equity.
- The Constitution
- BNA Act, Statue of Westminster, Canada Act 1982 (U.K.), Constitution Act, 1982, Quebec Legal System.
- Constitutional change, Meech Lake Accord, Charlottetown Accord, Quebec Referendum, First Nations Treaties
- Canadian Legal Institutions
- The courts, the role of judges and lawyers
- The Basic Elements of Legal Reasoning
- Precedent and Stare Decisis
- The process of distinguishing
- Statutory interpretation
- Introduction to Administrative Law
- Tribunals, procedural fairness, federal and provincial rule-making agencies
- The Nature of Tort Law
- Definition of torts, distinction between tort and crime, categories of torts, the principle of vicarious liability, remedies for tort actions.
- The Law of Contract
- Elements of a contract, remedies for breach of contract
- Law Reform
- alternative methods of dispute resolution, court reforms
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Define the major philosophies of law.
- Identify how the legal system derives its authority and legitimacy.
- Describe the historical development of Canadian law.
- Discuss the Canadian Constitution, Canadian legal institutions and the role of judges and lawyers.
- Describe how law is made and changed.
- Describe administrative law, tort law, and contract law.
- Conduct legal research.
- Discuss the basic elements of legal reasoning.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will include some of the following:
- Mixed format exams (e.g. multiple choice, essay)
- Term papers
- Research project
- Class participation
- Oral presentations
An example of an evaluation scheme would be:
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Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
Boyd, Neil. Canadian Law, An Introduction, (latest edition). Toronto: Nelson Education
Gall, G. The Canadian Legal System, (latest edition). Toronto: Carswell
Horner, J. Canadian Law and the Canadian Legal System (latest edition). Toronto: Pearson