LAW-20074 - Foundations of Canadian Law
Coordinator: Michael Fay Room: CBC1.016 Tel: +44 1782 7 34085
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

After completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate sound knowledge of the history, principles and main sources of the Canadian legal system, the Charter, aboriginal law and administrative law
2. Understand and analyse the differences and similarities between the Canadian legal system and the UK legal system, specifically in terms of the sources, structure and the Constitution.
3. Critically evaluate and apply key legal theories to Canadian law
4. Compare and analyse the different branches of the Canadian state and how they interrelate
5. Explain the special relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and the State and critically assess the impact of the Canadian legal system on Aboriginal communities and other minority groups
6. Locate, critically evaluate and use cases, statutes, legal opinions, academic scholarship and non-legal sources relevant to key theories and principles in Canadian law, aboriginal law, the Charter and administrative law

Intended Learning Outcomes

Develop an understanding of the foundations of Canadian Law

: 1
Develop an understanding of the sources of law, and the social and political context in which the law develops: 1
Evaluate Canadian Law, its sources, and the social and political context in which it develops: 1
Conduct effective research and critical analysis in a written piece of work.: 1

Study hours

10 x 2hr lectures = 20 hours
6 x 1hr seminars = 6 hours
1 x 2hr revision session = 2 hours
Independent study = 122 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
2,000 Word Essay
One 2,000 word essay question on an aspect of Canadian Law from a choice of three possible essay questions.