Introduction to Canadian Law
An introduction to Canadian law and the legal system: legal processes and institutions, principles of legal reasoning and approaches to the analysis of law. Students will learn about the law governing relationships between individuals and between individuals and the state.
NOTE: A maximum of 6.0 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted towards the Program and/or Plan requirements of any degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Below: Watch an excerpt from Professor Pratt’s module on contract law – just 2 of the over 200 minutes of instructional videos in this course.
1. recgonize and explain the distinction between public and private law in Canada;
2. illustrate the structure of the judicial system in Canada;
3. critically analyze and evalutate Canadian judicial decisions;
4. identify and explain basic legal reasoning while applying legal principles to facts; and
5. evaluate current social issues, including access to justice and equality as it relates to minority groups, such as First Nations, taking into account the diversity of Canadian society and fundamental Canadian legal principles.
An engaging and comprehensive online overview of the fundamentals of Canadian law – essential for anyone curious about law in a democratic society, or considering law as a career. Whether you’re just interested in the subject or prepping for your LSATs, this is the right choice to get a firm grasp on legal basics, as taught by professors at one of Canada’s top-tier law schools.
Introduction to Canadian Law is taught in nine online modules, with each module having a specific area of focus. From constitutional and business law to contracts, torts, family and criminal law, you will emerge from the course with a strong understanding of the breadth of Canadian law, how it deals with current and emerging issues, and its impact on our personal, social and working lives.
**Evaluation Subject to Change**
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
Mary-Jo Maur practises family law in Kingston, Ontario. Her practice includes family litigation, mediation/arbitration, and parenting coordination. She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Conferences.
In addition to her practice, Mary-Jo is an Assistant Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Torts, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as serving as the Director of the Introduction to Lawyering Skills Program.
She is the co-author, with Professor Berend Hovius, of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, of the 7 th and 8 th editions of Hovius on Family Law: Cases, Notes and Materials, Carswell 2009 and 2013.
Mary-Jo lives on a 40-acre farm outside Kingston with her human, equine, feline, and porcine companions.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Search-Engine to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Introduction to Law in Canada, John Fairlie and Philip Snowden (EmondMontgomery,Toronto: 2014)
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.