BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

CRIM-135 - Introduction to Canadian Law - 3.00 Credits

CRIM-135 - Introduction to Canadian Law - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is a general introduction to the fundamental and competing principles of jurisprudence and to the basic legal institutions of Canada. It focuses on the history of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations and interactions with the Canadian legal system. It also reviews the development of Canadian law, and the roles and responsibilities of community members, elders and legal professionals. It explores legal reasoning and application, the doctrine of precedent, principles of statutory interpretation, the fields of contract, torts, and administrative and family law.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Degree- Criminology - Year 2
  • Aboriginal Leadership in the Justice System Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Community and Public Safety Professional Diploma - Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12, Recommended: CRIM 131.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • define the role of law in Canada;

  • describe the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories of law and administration of justice in Canada;

  • discuss the social, economical, political and cultural contexts of the development of Canadian law;

  • identify the development of legal decision-making and legal institutions;

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the key legal statutes in Canada including the Criminal Code, The BNA Act, the Constitution Act, and the Indian Act;

  • explain the differences between statutory interpretation and legislated law; and

  • critique Canada‚Äôs legal system and Aboriginal justice initiatives.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Boyd, N. Current edition. Canadian Law: an introduction. Toronto, Ontario. Thomson.

  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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