Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015

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The following courses are currently administered by St. Jerome's University.

LS 100s

LS 101 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011710
Introduction to Legal Studies
An introduction to the study of law, its structure, and legal institutions from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. This interdisciplinary course examines the origins of legal systems and their impact on society. Included is an analysis of the diverse historical, political, economic, and cultural conditions under which law arises and functions within society.
Also offered Online

LS 102 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011711
Introduction to Criminal Law
A case-study approach to the study of criminal law in Canada with a focus on basic concepts and core principles relating to legal judgements along with comparative examination between civil and criminal law and attention to legal theory.

LS 200s

LS 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012768
Women and the Law
This course provides an introduction to feminist legal thought with a particular focus on Canadian cases, legislation, law reform, and legal literature. Included is an analysis of the ways in which law contributes to women's legal, social, political, and economic status as well as the manner in which the law is used as a mechanism of social change for women. The intersection of gender with age, race, ethnicity, religion, and class will be addressed.
(Cross-listed with WS 206)
Also offered at St. Jerome's University

LS 240 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014846
The course offers an introduction to the study of terrorism, with a primary focus on sociological approaches. The course examines the history, causes, and diversity of forms of terrorist groups and the process of radicalization, suicide terrorism, and some aspects of the counter-terrorism response of states.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 240)

LS 280 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008645
Social Statistics
A basic course in statistics used in social science research including sampling, central tendency, probability, covariance, as illustrated in specifically sociological and criminological data.
Prereq: One of LS 101, SOC 101/101R or 120R; Not open to Math students.
Antireq: ARTS 280, ECON 221, ENVS 278, ISS/ 250A/B, ISS/SDS 250R, KIN 222, PSCI 214/314, PSYCH 292, REC 371, SMF 230, STAT 202, 206, 211, 221, 231, 241, SWREN 250A/B, 250R
(Cross-listed with SOC 280)

LS 300s

LS 321 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008661
Introduction to Research Methods
An introductory survey of the research techniques commonly employed by sociologists, criminologists, and legal studies researchers. The formulation of research designs appropriate to various kinds of intellectual problems in social science is stressed.
Prereq: LS 101, SOC 101/101R, 120R; Not open to students in the Faculty of Mathematics.
Antireq: ISS/SDS 251R, KIN 330, PSYCH 291, REC 270, SMF 220, SWREN 251R
(Cross-listed with SOC 321)

LS 322 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008664
Introduction to Field Research Methods
This course provides a critical evaluation of research techniques in sociology, criminology, and legal studies with an emphasis on learning and applying qualitative fieldwork approaches.
Prereq: SOC 321 or LS 321; Not open to Mathematics students
(Cross-listed with SOC 322)

LS 400s

LS 401 SEM 0.50Course ID: 011899
Senior Honours Seminar in Legal Studies I
Senior seminar on selected topics in legal studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Prereq: Level at least 4A

LS 402 SEM 0.50Course ID: 011900
Senior Honours Seminar in Legal Studies II
Senior seminar on selected topics in legal studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Prereq: Level at least 4A

LS 403 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013627
Socio-Legal Responses to Crime
This course examines responses to crime from historical, philosophical, legal, psychological, sociological, and other related perspectives. The primary focus is on the relationship between the law, motivations of offenders, and responses by individuals and the criminal justice system to chronic, sex, and violent offenders.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Legal Studies

LS 425 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014849
Crossing Borders: Law & Global Deviance
This seminar-style course, positioned at the intersection of sociology and law, examines illicit cross border activity such as terrorism, piracy, drugs, trafficking, and illegal immigration. Each cross-border activity will be examined, along with the way states respond to it politically and legally at a national and international level. Ethnographic research on the activity will provide for rich descriptions of how and why people participate in such activities.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R; Level at least 4A
(Cross-listed with SOC 425)

LS 496 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013626
Special Topics in Legal Studies
This course will deal with selected topics in Legal Studies. Subjects will be dependent upon the research and/or instructional interests of faculty.

LS 498 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012278
Directed Readings in Legal Studies
Selected study and assignments under the direction of a faculty member who teaches courses in legal studies and criminology.
Instructor Consent Required
Offered at St. Jerome's University