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Law and Society LWSO

Instruction offered under the direction of the Faculty of Communication and Culture. For information visit the Faculty of Communication and Culture website,, or contact the Communication and Culture Faculty Office, (403) 220-6343.

Division Head: T. Seiler

Additional interdisciplinary courses are offered under the course headings African Studies; Canadian Studies; Central and East European Studies; Communications Studies; Development Studies; East Asian Studies; Film Studies, General Studies; Innovation Studies, Latin American Studies; Museum and Heritage Studies; Northern Planning and Development Studies; Science, Technology and Society; South Asian Studies; and Women's Studies.

Junior Courses

Law and Society 201 H(3-0)

Introduction to Legal Studies

Overview of the role of law in society. Examination of different concepts of law. Study of legal rules, institutions, processes and personnel in social context. Discussion of construction and exercise of the power of law. Emphasis on Canadian law and legal system.

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Law and Society 203 H(3-0)

Introduction to Legal Knowledge

This course examines the philosophy and science of law as tools of social engineering. Students will be introduced to tort, contract, property and criminal law and will review different schools of thought and legal movements specific to these areas of law. Current legal developments (including decided Canadian cases) will be covered to illustrate how concepts such as risk, negligence, neighbour principle, contractual obligations, offer and acceptance, consideration, remedies and punishment play out in contemporary Canadian society.

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Senior Courses

Law and Society 335 H(3-0)

Equality Issues

An examination of the ability of the law to guarantee equality. Issues of gender, racial and class equality will be explored. Topics may include employment law, civil law, criminal law, reproductive rights and family law. All material is studied as it pertains to the Canadian legal culture.

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Law and Society 337 H(3-0)


This course examines how individuals and groups create, maintain and follow non-legal codes of conduct. Students will be introduced to law's relationship to non-regulatory concepts of deportment found in such things as social manners, community mores, religious beliefs as well as, consciously "legislated" group mechanisms such as professional codes of conduct and mission statements.

Prerequisites: Law and Society 203.

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Law and Society 401 H(3-0)

Special Topics in Law and Society

An examination of selected topics in Law and Society. See Master Timetable for current topic(s).


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Law and Society 412 F(3S-0)

Liberalism and Legal Issues

An examination of the conception of rights and freedoms in both J.S. Mill and in 20th century philosophers. Analyzes liberalism and its legal and political critics. Examines how these theoretical discussions have been incorporated into contemporary law.

Prerequisites: Law and Society 201.

Note: Not open to students with credit in Law and Society 512.

Note: Until July 21, enrolment is restricted to students who have declared a Major in Law and Society.

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Law and Society 501 H(3-0)

Research in Selected Topics

Supervised individual study of a special topic.

Prerequisites: Consent of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).

Note: Students should contact the Office of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes to arrange an independent study course.


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Law and Society 591 H(3S-0)

Integrative Seminar

An advanced seminar integrating philosophical, theoretical, social, and legal approaches to understanding the relationship between law and society.

Prerequisites: Law and Society 412 and completion of at least twelve full-course equivalents.

Note: Restricted to students who have declared a Law and Society major. Students may be required to attend court proceedings outside of class time which will be considered part of the course evaluation.

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