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CRIM 135 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: a Criminal Justice Perspective

This course provides a general introduction to the fundamental and competing principles of jurisprudence and to the basic legal institutions of Canada. Class discussion, lectures and assigned readings will allow the student to consider the history of Canadian Law, the development of the Canadian Constitution, the system of Canadian courts and the rules and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. In addition, the course will consider the nature of legal reasoning and application, the doctrine of precedent and stare decisis, principles of statutory interpretation and will also introduce the fields of contract, torts, Aboriginal law, administration law and family law. Finally, the course will examine the process of law reform in Canada. (3,0,0)

Transfer Credits 
Please refer to the BC Transfer Guide.

English 12 or First People’s English 12 or ENGL 050 (or ENGL 053 or ENGL 055 or equivalent) or satisfactory CAT 3 English placement.