This course focuses on the relationship between government and the individual. The primary focus is on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its interpretation by the judiciary. Key Charter concepts including equality before the law, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and democratic rights are examined.
- Introduction and Overview
- Historical context for human rights and civil liberties
- Current context for human rights and civil liberties
- The role of judicial review
- The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: General
- Interpretation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Limits placed upon Charter rights
- Charter litigation and remedies
- The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Substantive Rights
- Fundamental Freedoms Freedom of Expression
- Freedom of Religion
- Democratic Rights
- Legal Rights
- Life, Liberty and Security of the Person
- Equality Rights
Methods of Instruction
The following methods of instruction will be utilized:
- Class discussions
Means of Assessment
Evaluation will be based upon the course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policies. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the course. Evaluation will be based upon the following:
- Research paper or other written assignment
- Class attendance and participation
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
|Class attendance and participation:
At the conclusion of this course the successful student will be able to:
- Describe the historical context within which the Charter was developed.
- Describe other legal protections for human rights and civil liberties, aside from the Charter.
- Describe the overall structure and purpose of the Charter.
- Compare and contrast the competing views on the legitimacy of judicial review under the Charter.
- Identify and describe differing judicial approaches to interpreting and applying the Charter.
- Read case law critically.
- Identify and describe the three main limitations on Charter rights and freedoms.
- Explain the basic structure and process of Charter litigation.
- Identify and describe the main remedies available under the Charter.
- Describe the fundamental freedoms protected by the Charter with reference to leading case law in relation to each of the fundamental freedoms.
- Describe the protection of equality rights in the Charter with reference to leading case law.
- Identify and describe the three interests protected by section 7 of the Charter with reference to leading case law in relation to each protected interest.
- Describe the democratic and mobility rights protected by the Charter with reference to leading case law.
- Describe the legal rights protected by the Charter with reference to leading case law.
- Apply the Charter to current social, political and economic issues in Canada.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
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