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LAWS13-537: Foundations of Canadian Law


Foundations of Canadian Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject will serve as an introduction to the Canadian legal system and the role of law in Canadian society. This subject examines the basic institutions and methods of the Canadian legal system. The main institutions of law and government are addressed: parliament, the executive branch, and the judicial branch. Particular attention is paid to the history and structure of the Canadian legal system. The subject will also examine the sources of Canadian law and the fundamental principles of our legal system. Finally, it will conclude with an examination of the special relationship of Aboriginal Peoples to the Canadian state.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Understand case analysis and apply the principles of case precedent. 2. Understand the sources of law and the framework of the Canadian legal system. 3. Understand the branches of government and the interplay between them. 4. Understand the concept of judicial review and Canadian statutory interpretation. 5. Understand the special relationship between the Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian state; understand Aboriginal self-government, Aboriginal treaty rights and Aboriginal title. 6. Communicate ideas in an organised and effective manner.

Enrolment requirements

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Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start30/05/2022
Cancellation 1?10/06/2022
Cancellation 2?12/06/2022
Last enrolment08/06/2022
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2022
Teaching census?19/06/2022
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?25/09/2022
Cancellation 2?28/09/2022
Last enrolment23/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?07/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?23/10/2022
Teaching census?06/10/2022