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Legal Studies

Legal Studies is an Interdisciplinary Option focusing on law primarily from a multidisciplinary perspective. Given the centrality of law to most human institutions and values, a great deal of attention has been paid to law by scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines including Accounting, Actuarial Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. Students are invited to join these scholarly investigations. The liberal arts orientation of this Program emphasizes the studentUs development of broadly based critical and creative intellectual skills, clarity and facility in the communication of ideas, and humane values in this examination of law as a major feature of social life. In this regard it should be noted that Legal Studies is not intended as either a necessary or a sufficient preparation for law school.

The Legal Studies Options is open to students in General or Honours programs.


The courses in this Option are divided into three sections. The first consists of broadly based courses that are concerned with the nature and character of legal systems, reasoning and concepts; these include courses in the history of law, philosophy of law, sociology of law, and Canadian law. Students are required to take all the courses (four term courses) in this section. In the second section the courses are in general more advanced and concerned with particular aspects of the law. Students must select four term courses from this section. In the third section the courses are less central to the area of legal studies, but serve to bridge the gap between legal studies and particular disciplines. Students will choose two term courses from courses in this section that fit their General or Honours program. Students are strongly urged to consult the Legal Studies Director in making their course selections from Sections Two and Three.

Students must complete ten term courses designated Legal Studies courses from the appropriate sections. An overall average of at least 65% in these courses is necessary to graduate with the Legal Studies Option.


Section 1

Students are required to complete successfully all of the following courses:
HIST 210 History of Law
PHIL 327A Philosophy of Law - Part 1
PSCI 292 Issues in Canadian Law
SOC 370 Sociology of Law

Section 2

Students are required to complete successfully at least four term courses from the following list. Students in the Faculty of Environmental Studies must take ENV S 201, 401, PLAN 471 plus at least one other course in Section 2.
ACC 231 Business Law
ACC 431 Advanced Studies in Legal and Ethical Issues in Accounting
ACTSC 458 Insurance Law
ENV S 201 Introduction to Environmental and Planning Law
ENV S 401 Environmental Law
HIST 102M Law and Society in the Middle Ages: 500-1000
HIST 329 Origins of the Common Law
ISS 350E Family Law and Social Work
PLAN 471 Planning Law
PSCI 291 The Canadian Legal Process
PSCI 333 Administrative Law
PSCI 363 Canadian Constitutional Law
SOC 226 Juvenile Justice
SOC 227 Criminology
SOC 228 Corrections
SOC 325 Female Sexuality and the Law
SOC 328 Sentencing as a Social Process

Section 3

Students may choose to complete successfully up to two term courses from the following list:
ACC 461 Taxation 1
ACC 462 Taxation 2
ACTSC 456 Taxation of Life Insurance
PACS 202 Conflict Resolution
PHIL 215 Professional and Business Ethics
PHIL 226 Ethics and the Life Sciences
PSCI 225 History of Political Theory 1
PSCI 260A Canadian Government and Politics
SOC 201 Victims and Society
SOC 222 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 223 Deviance: Perspectives and Processes
SOC 329 Crime as Business

Further Information

Please contact the Director of Legal Studies through the Philosophy Department secretary, HH 365, ext. 2449.

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