CIA120 - Introduction to Law

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Subject Title
Introduction to Law

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the study of law. Students analyze the history and origins of law, the differences between public and private law, common law, elements of offences, and the classification of offences. They also examine the effect of constitutional law along with the responsibilities and limitations of citizens and police officers in light of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They also develop the legal research and analysis skills to locate, interpret and apply statute and case law.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and evolution of law in democratic societies.
  2. Classify offences into indictable, summary, or dual procedure to understand the constitutional frameworks.
  3. Define the primary sources of law.
  4. Explain the difference between substantive and procedural law and public and private law.
  5. Apply constitutional law in the Canadian and international contexts.
  6. Identify the actus reus and mens reus of an offence.
  7. Compare and contrast criminal and civil law.
  8. Discuss the importance of why statutory interpretation exists in law.

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