*** This course is currently under construction. All Units have been completed, but are still being uploaded. If you purchase this course a ZipFile will be sent to you via email. The full course is expected to be available to download by December 2023.***
This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of laws relating to rights and freedoms in Canada; our legal system; and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will develop legal reasoning skills and will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process when investigating a range of legal issues and formulating and communicating informed opinions about them.
The course has five strands. Instruction and learning related to the expectations in Strand A are to be interwoven with instruction and learning related to expectations from the other four strands. Strand A must not be seen as independent of the other strands. Student achievement of the expectations in Strand A is to be assessed and evaluated throughout the course.
Course Strands with links
- Strand A. The Inquiry Process and Skill Development in Legal Studies
- Strand B. Legal Foundations
- Strand C. Rights and Freedoms
- Strand D. Civil Law
- Strand E. Criminal Law
The course runs for a total of 110 hours. The lessons outlined below are all structured for 100 minutes of instruction time, unless otherwise stated.
The 110 hours also includes additional time that may be allocated for assignments, tests and the independent study unit, at the teacher’s discretion.
The first and second lesson are free! Then individual lessons are priced at $7.50 or the whole course at $110
- Introduction Materials
- First Day Handout [see whole course resources below]
- Independent Study Unit [see whole course resources below]
- Unit 1 – Legal Foundations. By the end of this unit students will be able to explain the role and importance of law and the fundamental principles of justice in Canada, demonstrate an understanding of early laws and legal systems and their relationship to the Canadian legal system, analyse the role and function of individuals, groups, and governments in Canadian law, analyse and describe how various social, scientific, and technological factors have influenced and continue to influence the development of Canadian law.
- Lesson 1 – What is Law?
- Lesson 2 – The Historical Roots of Law
- Lesson 3 – Sources and Categories of Law
- Lesson 4 – How Many is too Many Laws?
- Lesson 5a – Understanding International Law
- Lesson 5b – Understanding International Law
- Lesson 6 – Development of the Canadian Constitution
- Lesson 7 – Responsibilities and Law Making
- Lesson 8 – The Role of Interest Groups
- Unit 2 – Rights and Responsibilities. By the end of this unit students will be able to explain the legal significance of the Canadian Bill of Rights, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter), and the Canadian Human Rights Act, analyse how various factors have influenced and continue to influence the development of human rights law in Ontario and Canada, analyse the relationship between the formal, legal recognition of rights and freedoms in Canada and how those rights are interpreted and protected in practice, analyse situations in which it may be appropriate to limit rights and freedoms, and explain the arguments for and against such limitations.
- Lesson 1 – Rights and Freedoms
- Lesson 2 – Fundamental Freedoms
- Lesson 3 – Democratic and Mobility Rights
- Lesson 4 – Legal and Equality Rights
- Lesson 5 – Language and General Rights
- Lesson 6 – Hard Times Film Analysis
- Lesson 7 – Human Rights in Canada
- Lesson 8a – The Ontario Human Rights Code
- Lesson 8b – The Ontario Human Rights Code
- Unit 3 – Criminal Law. By the end of this unit students will be able to explain the foundational concepts of criminal law and their legal significance, describe the structures and key roles and processes of the Canadian criminal justice system and explain key interrelationships among them, assess the ability of the Canadian criminal justice system to provide appropriate and even-handed justice to people living in Canada, analyse how various factors have influenced the development of Canadian criminal law.
- Lesson 1 – The Nature of Crime
- Lesson 2 – Involvement in a Crime
- Lesson 3 – Types of Offences
- Lesson 4 – Serial Killers Investigation
- Lesson 5 – Defences of the Accused
- Lesson 6 – The Criminal Court System
- Lesson 7 – The Youth Criminal Justice System
- Lesson 8 – Cases That Have Changed Canadian Society
- Unit 4 – Civil Law. By the end of this unit students will be able to analyse the legal foundations of tort law; the factors influencing its development; and the role of individuals, groups, and courts in its processes, analyse the legal foundations of family law; the factors influencing its development; and the role of individuals, governments, and courts in its processes, analyse the legal foundations of employment law; the factors influencing its development; and the role of employers, employees, and the courts in its processes, analyse the legal foundations of contract law; the factors influencing its development; and the role of individuals, groups, and the courts in its processes.
- Lesson 1 – Introduction to Civil Law
- Lesson 2 – Civil Courts and Their Remedies
- Lesson 3 – Introduction to Tort Law
- Lesson 3a – Erin Brockovitch Film Analysis
- Lesson 4 – Introduction to Family Law
- Lesson 5 – Introduction to Employment Law
- Lesson 6 – Introduction to Contract Law
- Lesson 6a – The Social Network Film Analysis
- Unit 5 – The Inquiry Process and Skill Development in Legal Studies. By the end of this unit students will be able to use the legal studies inquiry process and the concepts of legal thinking when investigating law and legal issues in Canada; apply in everyday contexts skills developed through the study of law, and identify careers in which a background in law might be an asset.
- ***This unit is taught across the other units of work.
These are available within the relevant lesson pages.
- Assignment 1.1 Law in the News
- Assignment 1.2 Creating a Bill
- Assignment 2.1 Analysing the Charter
- Assignment 2.2 The Human Rights Complaints Process
- Assignment 3.1 Elements of a Crime
- Assignment 3.2 Serial Killers Investigation
- Assignment 3.3 Defences of the Accused
- Assignment 4.1 Mock Trial
Whole Course Resources
These resources are available to those with access to the whole course:
- First Day Handout
- Units 1-4 SOW
- Final Exam
- External Resources List
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CLU3M – Whole Course