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Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M) with David
Course Code: CLU3M
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Course Description: The course Understanding Canadian Law CLU3M is a University/College Preparation course that explores legal issues that directly affect students’ lives. To develop an appreciation of the Canadian legal system, students examine the historical roots of Canadian law and expand on their understanding of the role of government in making laws. Students also become familiar with the rights and freedoms that all Canadians enjoy as a result of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students acquire a practical knowledge of Canada’s legal system, both criminal and civil, and learn how to analyse legal issues. They are given opportunities to develop informed opinions on legal issues and to defend those opinions and communicate legal knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including legal research projects, and mock trials and debates.

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore, analyse, and reflect on the study of law through diverse teaching and learning strategies. Students have multiple opportunities to hone their skills in communication through formal presentations, role playing, writing in role, and persuasive writing. Critical thinking skills such as formulating a thesis, identifying bias and viewpoint, debating, analysing primary sources, and problem-solving are central to many activities. Focused inquiry, data analysis, note-taking and guided Internet searches are examples of the research skills that students practise. Co-operative group learning is another important active learning strategy fundamental to many activities.

Resources: All About Law: Exploring the Canadian Legal System, 5th edition. ISBN/ISSN: 0176201483 ISBN-13: 9780176201487


Achievement Chart

Categories ---Percentage of the Course
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Knowledge and Understanding: 15%

Thinking: 20%

Communication: 15%

Application: 20%

Culminating Unit: 15%

Final Evaluation: 15%


Class #1 and Unit 1: Rules, Law and Society

  1. Welcome new Canadian law Students.
  2. Introductions with your teacher and student peers.
  3. Log into your Google Drive cloud computing space and open the Connections and Expectations page. If you are using Microsoft Office 360, Microsoft OneDrive or another cloud computing service, please ask your teacher to send you a digital version of the Connections and Expectations page.
  4. Read through the Course Outline for Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M).
  5. Complete the General Knowledge Survey.
  6. Use the information gleaned from the in class discussion and copy down the Law Statements into your notebook.
  7. Use the answer sheet provided by your teacher and complete the chart called "Why do We Need Laws?" (MS Word version or chart in GIF version). Refer to the chart answer sheet.
  8. Complete Unit 1: Rules, Law and Society. You may copy this file to your Google Doc cloud computing space.
  9. While doing the homework assignment, consider using Dictionaries for Canadian Law Terms for your definitions.

Class #2 and Unit 2: History and Heritage of Canadian Law

  1. Homework Discussion
  2. Evaluation: Oral Quiz #1. See your teacher to take this Quiz.
  3. During class complete Division of Canadian Law Chart and the Division of Power in Canada Chart
  4. Textbooks Assigned- If you have consistent attendance and have completed and handed in all of Unit 1, see your teacher to sign out your Law textbook. Students with por attendance may borrow the textbook during class time only.
  5. Unit 2: History and Heritage of Canadian Law
    In class activities: Make point form jot notes as your teacher walks you through the following information on codification and web resources. When finished, hand in your point form jot notes. Visit the following web pages:
    1. Code of Hammurabi
    2. Hammurabi and His Code of Laws
    3. The history of hieroglyphic writing
    4. "Write Like a Babylonian" or write an Egyptian cartouche. Enter your first name to create your name in hieroglyphs. Then click on the "inscribe" button. When your name has been created, print out the page and hand in to be marked. C=__/5
  6. Download the "Law Student Glossary of Legal Terms" in a file format that you use on your home computer. Select Microsoft Word (.doc), Corel Wordperfect (.wpd) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). E-mail this file to yourself or copy it to your USB flashdrive.
  7. Watch video "Lexa's Teenager's Guide to Canadian Law". Make jot notes and hand in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bc_28g_iXk C=__/10
  8. In class work period to work on Unit 2: History and Heritage of Canadian Law

Class #3 and Unit 3:The Culminating Unit (CU)


Student CU Topics Chosen by Students

  1. Aaron - Kingston Penitentiary
  2. Aathi - Conspiracy To Commit Murder
  3. Ali - religious and occult motivated murders.
  4. Angel - bullying
  5. Baljeeven - War Crimes
  6. Danraj - dictatorships and the law
  7. Emma - Wrongful Convictions video "West of Mephis"
  8. Fahim - Gun Control
  9. Faroze- Abolition of Slavery (essay format)
  10. Gurneet - Wrongfully Convicted
  11. Jamie - Y.O.A (Young Offenders Act)
  12. Jeremy - Copyright Law for music
  13. Jesse - Reducing Bullying Incidents
  14. Jessica - Career as a police officer
  15. Keisha - rules, laws and policies for social workers
  16. Mamta - terrorism and the law
  17. Nicole - Identity Theft
  18. Nitant- Peacemaking and Peacekeeping and Humanitarian deeds of Canadians.
  19. Priya - capital punishment in Canada
  20. Roshni - Kingston Penitentiary
  21. Travis - Identity Theft



Exemplars of Student CU Projects

Class #4 Unit 3:The Culminating Unit (CU) Library Field Trip


Class #5 and Unit 4:Legal Principles for Young Adults in Canada

Class #6 and Unit 5:Trial Procedures, Canada's Court System and Sentencing in Canada

Class #7 and Unit 6:Field Trip to Learn about Forensics and a Canadian Courthouse

Class #8 Unit 6:Mock Trial Simulation in Canadian Law

Mock Trial Set Up

  • Judge: ?
  • Crown Counsel: ? (lawyer for the Province)
  • Defense Counsel: ? (lawyer for the accused)
  • Court Clerk: ?
  • Court Recorder: ?
  • Jury Members: ?
  • Police Security: ?
  • Witness #1: ?
  • Witness #2: ?
  • Accused: ?
  • Family of the Accused: ?
  • Victim: ?
  • Family of the Victim: ?

Class #9 and Unit 7:Careers in Canadian Law Related Fields

Class #10 and Unit 8:Tort and Dispute Resolution in Canada

Class #11 and Unit 9:Criminal Law in Canada

Class #12 and Unit 10:Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Canada

Class #13

  • In class work period



Class #14

  • In class work period




Class #15

Class #16

Class #17

Class #18

  • View your Final Summative Assessment and final mark
  • Course is finished