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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.43 Law and Society
4.43 Law and Society
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law and Society

BA in Law and Society with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Law and Society

BA Honours in Law and Society with Co-operative Education

Note: A Minor is offered in Law and Society.


The program in Law and Society is designed to provide a broad exposure to the nature of law and its role in society. The overall aim of the program is not only to provide students with as deep an understanding of the law as possible but also to demonstrate that the law is not an isolated discipline but, rather, is part of an integrated culture of which we all partake. The program is not specifically a "pre-law" program. Nevertheless, the perspectives that it offers are likely to be of great benefit to those who hope to be lawyers, as well as to those considering a career in politics, the civil service, law enforcement, the social sciences, business and industry, or public-interest advocacy.

First year students in Law and Society are encouraged to explore courses in a variety of areas. It is recommended that a first year program include: Law and Society 201, 203 and at least an additional 1.5 full-course equivalents from the Faculty of Arts. Degree programs in Law and Society include senior-level courses offered by various Departments either as core requirements or as options. It is therefore useful to take first year courses from a variety of related areas such as Political Science and History. In planning their first year programs, students should look ahead to later years and make sure they take courses that are prerequisites to the courses they may subsequently wish to take.

Courses that are required for the Law and Society major can generally be double-counted toward minors in these programs, although students are advised to consult with the Student Success Centre for confirmation. The following minor programs are particularly good fits with a Law and Society major program: Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, Science, Technology and Society, Women's Studies.

Students seeking advice on first year course selection may contact the Program Co-ordinator or the Student Success Centre.

Contact Information

Program Co-ordinator: Please contact


For Program Advice

For information on where to get program advice, see the Faculty of Arts website under

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter a BA Program in Law and Society must meet the criteria in the section of this Calendar on A.2 “Admission Requirements” at the University of Calgary. Annual application deadlines are found in A.3 Deadline Dates for Undergraduate Applications for Admission and Transcripts.

Limitation of Enrolment

Enrolment is limited in the Major in Law and Society. Whenever demand exceeds capacity, enrolment will be limited and students will be admitted on a competitive basis.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.4.3 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework.

Students majoring in Law and Society are eligible to apply for Honours by the May 1 deadline only if they will complete the program during the following academic year.

In addition to completing an application in the online Student Centre by the May 1 deadline, students must submit a completed application form for Honours to the Law and Society Program Co-ordinator. The application form must be signed, include a preliminary thesis proposal and the intended supervisor's agreement to supervise. Honours students must also enrol in Interdisciplinary Studies 590. To meet the May 1 deadline, it is recommended that students wishing to enrol in the Honours program consult with her or his intended supervisor in January and obtain guidelines and an application form from the Law and Society Program Co-ordinator no later than March 1.

Field of Law and Society

The Field of Law and Society consists of the following courses:

July 31, 2013

Courses with a Focus on Law and Society

All courses labelled Law and Society (LWSO)**
Anthropology 213
Business and Environment 395, 595
Canadian Studies 333, 361, 419
Economics 345, 349, 355, 373, 377, 379
History 337, 343, 345, 351, 450, 462, 473
Indigenous Studies 201, 311, 343
Law 595
Philosophy 313, 325, 329, 337, 345, 347, 361, 425*, 451, 453, 525
Political Science 283, 321, 343*, 425, 426, 444, 445, 470 483, 541, 567, 581
Science, Technology and Society 343, 505
Sociology 307, 325, 327, 375, 421, 423, 425, 427, 429*
Women's Studies 307, 311, 321, 331

Context Courses

Canadian Studies 201, 355, 439
Communication and Culture 301, 303, 501, 503
Communications Studies 369
Development Studies 375
East Asian Studies 319
English 384, 385, 389
Indigenous Studies 315
Interdisciplinary Studies 590
Museum and Heritage Studies 331
Religious Studies 343, 349
Science, Technology and Society 325, 327, 341, 421
South Asian Studies 315
Statistics 205
Women's Studies 303, 339

Research Methods Courses

Communication and Culture 313
Geography 340
History 300
Political Science 399
Psychology 312
Sociology 313

* Students may only apply Philosophy 425, Political Science 343 and Sociology 429 towards one requirement listed within the Law and Society Major Field Requirements below.
** Students intending to take Law and Society 501 must consult with the Law and Society Program Co-ordinator.

Note: Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites, many of which lie outside the Field of Law and Society. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed.