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LAWS77-535: Canadian Constitutional Law May 2021 [Standard]

General information

Canadian Constitutional Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject examines the legal problems arising from the nature of the Canadian political structure and, in particular, the distribution of legislative powers between the federal parliament and the provincial legislatures and the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS77-535
Subject title:Canadian Constitutional Law
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 168) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance is mandatory for all seminars. Students who miss more than 4 classes in the semester without approval will be excluded from writing the final assessment. Students are expected to have read the assigned materials before class and to participate in class discussions and exercises. The Class Discussion assessment component will be active throughout all class meetings. Students are responsible for obtaining any information and materials provided during missed classes.


Prescribed resources:
  • Statutory Materials and CaseBook. [Provided on iLearn]
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
[email protected] & Email:[email protected] is the online learning environment at Bond University and is used to provide access to subject materials, lecture recordings and detailed subject information regarding the subject curriculum, assessment and timing. Both iLearn and the Student Email facility are used to provide important subject notifications. Additionally, official correspondence from the University will be forwarded to students’ Bond email account and must be monitored by the student.

To access these services, log on to the Student Portal from the Bond University website as

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into a Masters Law degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.

Anti-requisites: ?

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of constitutional law principles from the leading cases and apply that knowledge to constitutional problems.
  2. Identify constitutional issues and to make persuasive oral and written constitutional law arguments.
  3. Examine and discuss the political forces and theoretical debates that shape constitutional law and to apply those factors to their legal analysis.
  4. Assist peers in learning through their exchanges and discussions in class.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Presentation Oral presentation 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Take-home Examination Take home final assessment 50% Non-Standard Examination Period 1, 2, 3.
Take-home Examination Time-limited exam written remotely during usual class time and submitted via turnitin 35% Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date. Late penalties are assessed differently for the Take-Home assessment. Please refer to instructions provided for this assessment.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.

Subject curriculum

A framework for the Constitution, sources of constitutional interpretation

Division of power between the Federal and Provincial governments

Division of Powers cont'd; Peace, Order and Good Government Power

1, 2, 3.

Aboriginal rights under Common Law, the Constitution, Treaty Rights and Land Claims

Language rights under the Constitution

Introduction to the law of the Charter

Scope and application of the Charter; Section 1 analysis

Freedom of Religion and Expression under s 2(a) and (b) of the Charter

S 7 of the Charter as applied in the criminal context and other contexts

S 15 of the Charter - equality and affirmative action

1, 2, 3, 4.

S8 of the Charter: The scope of search & seizure

S24(1) [general Charter Remedies) and (2) [exclusion of evidence]

Course Review and Final Assessment

Approved on: Mar 12, 2021. Edition: 1.16