LASS CLU3M0 Course Outline 2011 2012 by I8XlkK6



                                            LOUISE ARBOUR SECONDARY SCHOOL

Department: Global Studies                                     Course Code: CLU 3M (1.0)
Course Title: Understanding Canadian Law

The organization and evaluation of this course has been designed to conform to the requirements of Ontario Secondary Schools,
Education Policy and Program Update, and provincial curriculum policy.

This course explores Canadian law with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to people’s everyday lives. Students will investigate
fundamental legal concepts and processes to gain a practical understanding of Canada’s legal system, including the criminal justice
system. Students will use critical-thinking, inquiry, and communication skills to develop informed opinions on legal issues and apply
this knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including case analysis, legal research projects, mock trials, and debates.

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

By the end of this course, students will:

Introduction to Law
• explain what law is and why societies have laws, and describe the different categories of law;
• analyse the contemporary impact of major historical developments in Canadian law;
• explain the law-making process in Canada, including how laws are developed , interpreted ,applied, challenged, and enforced .
• describe the sources of rights and freedoms in Canada and explain how particular rights and freedoms may conflict;
• describe historical and contemporary barriers to the equal enjoyment of human rights in Canada;

Criminal Law
• explain how a criminal offence is defined in Canada;
• describe the processes, legal institutions, and methods involved in bringing a criminal case to trial and in resolving it;
• analyse the purposes of sentencing, including those relating to alternative methods of imposing sanctions or regulating behaviour;
• explain how the criminal law applies to young people.
• describe the processes, legal institutions, and methods involved in bringing a criminal case to trial and in resolving it;
• analyse the purposes of sentencing, including those relating to alternative methods of imposing sanctions or regulating behaviour;
• explain how the criminal law applies to young people.

Family Law
• explain how the law applies to family matters;
• outline the legal requirements of a valid marriage;
• explain matrimonial property law as it applies in marriage, common-law relationships, separation and divorce, and on the death of
a spouse;
• explain divorce and the procedures available for resolving family disputes;
• explain the rights of support, custody, and access, and what the state can do to enforce support or assume custody.

Tort/Negligence Law
• define the elements of a legal contract (e.g., offer and acceptance, consideration);
• explain when contractual performance can be excused, who is provided extra protection in contract law, and what remedies are
available in law for breach of contract;

Contract Law
•explain what is an intentional tort and what constitutes negligence in tort law;
•describe legally acceptable defences and legal remedies to intentional and unintentional torts.

   Knowledge and Understanding                        Thinking                                   Communication                              Application
               (17.5%)                                (17.5%)                                       (17.5%)                                  (17.5%)

Subject-specific content acquired in   The use of critical and creative thinking       The conveying of meaning through          The use of knowledge and skills to
each course (knowledge).               skills and/or processes , as follow s :         various form s , as follows :             make connections within and between
                                                                                                                                 various contexts.
The comprehension of its meaning and   – planning skills (e.g., focusing               – oral (e.g., story, role play, song,
significance (understanding).          research, gathering information,                debate)
                                       organizing an inquiry)                          – written (e.g., report, letter, diary)
                                       – processing skills (e.g., analysing,           – visual (e.g., model, map, chart,
                                       evaluating, synthesizing)                       movement, video, computer graphics)
                                       – critical/creative thinking processes
                                       (e.g., inquiry, problem solving, decision
                                       making, research)

* Refer to The Ontario Curriculum available at

Assessment and evaluation in this course is based on provincial curriculum expectations and achievement charts, and reported using
the above four categories. A final grade will be determined as follows: Term Work = 70%; Culminating Task/Exam (practical) = 30%

                              Evidence of student achievement is collected over time from three different sources:
                                  teacher observations, conversations with the student, and student products.

The following learning skills and work habits will be fostered throughout this course and assessed on the report card: RESPONSIBILITY,
mark unless they are identified in the provincial curriculum expectations for the course. However, it is important to remember that
the development of these skills is critical to daily academic success and individual growth.

Regular attendance at school is critical for each student’s learning and achievement of course expectations. Students are required to
adhere to school attendance policy as it relates to assessment and evaluation.

Cheating and Plagiarism:
Students must understand that the tests/exams they complete and the assignments they submit for evaluation must be their own
work and that cheating and plagiarism will not be condoned.

Late and Missed Assignments:
Students are responsible for providing evidence of their achievement of the course overall expectations within the time frame
specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher. Students must understand that there are consequences for not
completing assignments for evaluation or for submitting those assignments late.

Course Materials:
Course information may be available on the My Class Site (ask teacher). Students should bring a pencil, pen, ruler, binder, and pencil
crayons to class. Also, students may have the option of using the e-text at home instead of taking home a textbook.

Course Content
Knowledge, concepts, and activities explored throughout this course will be organized in the following units:
Unit 1: Introduction to Law                                     Unit 2: Criminal Law                             Unit 3: Family Law
Unit 4: Torts/Negligence Law                                    Unit 5: Contract Law

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