Law Courses - Group C

Please consult A&S Calendar and Timetable regarding course availability.

* Courses with an asterisk will not be offered during the 2014-15 academic year.

Optional Courses

Group C: Law

CLA 336H1 Roman Law

(Formerly CLA336Y1) Roman law with emphasis on how it reflected community values. The nature of Roman legal reasoning. The historical development of Roman law against the background of the evolution of Roman society and Roman power.

ECO 320H1 Economic Analysis of Law

The practical application of microeconomic theory to common legal problems: torts, contracts, property and crime, and the limitations of economic analysis. No previous familiarity with the law is assumed. (This is an economic analysis of legal issues, not a course in law.) Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO206Y1.

ENV 422H1 Environmental Law (formerly INI422H1)

An introduction to environmental law for students in Environmental Studies; legal methods available to resolve environmental problems and the scope and limits of those methods; common law and statutory "tools" as well as environmental assessment legislation; the problem of "standing to sue" and the limits of litigation. Prerequisite: JGE221Y1/JIE222Y1 and enrolment in a Centre for Environment program, or permission of Undergraduate Student Advisor.

HIS 470H History, Rights and Difference in South Asia

Addressing South Asian history after 1750, this course examines ideas of rights, contract, and the rule of law in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Attention is paid to the intellectual history of rights and the central place of colonial and postcolonial questions within that history. Topics include rights and questions concerning indigenous culture, caste and customary practice, gender and capitalist development.

*NMC 484H1 Gender-related Topics in Law and Religion

(Formerly NMC484Y1) Abortion, rape, family violence and similar topics from the perspective of historical and legal development, scientific theory, socio-ethical attitudes and anthropological comparison in the Bible and other ancient Near Eastern sources, through Jewish legal texts to modern responses. (Offered in alternate years) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Exclusion: NMC484Y1.

PHL 370H1 Issues in Philosophy of Law

Major issues in philosophy of law, such as legal positivism and its critics, law and liberalism, feminist critiques of law, punishment and responsibility. Prerequisite: PHL271H1. Recommended preparation: PHL265H1.

*PHL 484H1 Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Law

Recommended preparation: PHL271H1/PHL370H1.

POL 337Y1 The Canadian Constitution

The moral foundations, historical events, political forces and legal ideas that have shaped the Canadian constitution; the roots, legacies, and judicial interpretation of the Constitution Act 1867, the Constitution Act 1982, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the politics of constitutional change; "differentiated citizenship", "rights talk", and the judicialization of politics. Prerequisite: POL102Y/ POL103Y1/ POL214Y1.

POL 340Y1 International Law

International law as an instrument of conflict resolution. Recognition, sovereign immunity, subjects of international law, jurisdiction. Prerequisite: POL208Y1.

*SMC 361H1 Medieval Law

(Formerly SMC405H1) Mediaeval jurisprudence combines the high technical quality of Roman law with the requirements of Christianity. The seminar provides an overview of the development of mediaeval learned jurisprudence; select texts from Roman and canon law, with their glosses, are read in order to explore more specifically the methods and concerns of mediaeval jurists. Recommended preparation: HIS220Y1/SMC210Y1. Exclusion: SMC405H1.

TRN 304H1/Y1 Law and Social Issues

An exploration of the legal dimensions of selected contemporary social issues.  Prerequisite:  PHL 271H1

TRN 305H1/Y1 Basic Principles of Law

The nature and justifications of legal rules as preparation for the study of basic principles of law governing the relations between individual citizens, and the relations between individual citizens and the state. Contract, torts, criminal and administrative law. (Enrolment limited: TRN305Y1 is not open to Commerce students. Commerce students should enrol in MGT393H1/394H1 in which they have priority.) Prerequisite: A student must be in third or fourth year. This is a Social Science course.

TRN 425Y1 Law Workshops Course

Students attend workshops in the Faculty of Law, meet for related discussion and complete related assignments. Enrolment is restricted to qualified fourth-year students registered in the Major Program Ethics, Society, and Law.

*WGS 365H1 Gender Issues in the Law

Examines the operation of the law as it affects women, the construction and representation of women within the legal system, and the scope for feminist and intersectional analyses of law. Exclusion: NEW362H1 (1982-83). Recommended preparation: NEW160Y1/NEW261Y1.

*WGS 375H1 Colonialism, Sexuality, Spirituality and the Law

Examines the challenge indigenous knowledges posed to colonialism, by analyzing Spanish and British legal codes.  Focusing on the links between sexuality and spirituality, we explore how gender shaped the social dynamics of conquest and resistance and draw out the implications for contemporary colonialisms.  Prerequisite:  NEW160Y1/WGS160Y1/New261Y1/WGS261Y1

The followingCRI (previously WDW) courses are only available to ES&L students enrolled in Criminology:

CRI 225H1 Criminal Law

The main principles and themes of Canadian criminal law; legal definitions of crime, requirements of a criminal act (actus reus), criminal intention (mens rea), causation and defences.  The origins, goals and functioning of criminal law, and limits on the power of the state to criminalize behaviour.  Co- or Prerequisite:  WDW205H1.  Exclusion: WDW220Y1

CRI 365H1 Crime and Mind

Legal, psychological and sociological understandings of issues in the criminal justice system, through a consideration of topics including: criminal intent, the insanity defence, the concept of 'psychopathy', the use of 'battered woman syndrome' as part of a self-defence, issues of transcultural psychiatry, and jury screening for bias. Prerequisite: WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1.

*CRI 420H1 Current Issues in Criminal Law

An advanced seminar exploring in detail current issues in criminal law. Topics vary from year to year, but the objective of the course is to discuss current policy and case law developments in the criminal law, and their social, political and ethical implications. The role of Parliament and the judiciary in the development of the criminal law is considered. Prerequisite: Two 300-level WDW half-courses in Criminology. Approval of the Undergraduate Co-ordinator is required.