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Subject Course Section Course Title Course Description Instructor Files Term
LS 101 001, 081 Introduction to Legal Studies

An introduction to the study of law, its structure, and legal institutions from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. This interdisciplinary course examines the origins of legal systems and their impact on society. Included is an analysis of the diverse historical, political, economic, and cultural conditions under which law arises and functions within society.


Offered on campus and online

Winter 2024
LS 202 001 Criminal Law

A case-study approach to the study of criminal law in Canada with a focus on basic concepts and core principles relating to legal judgements along with comparative examination between civil and criminal law and attention to legal theory.


Offered on campus

Winter 2024
LS 236 001 Law and Society in the Middle Ages

A study of the laws and legal procedures of the Middle Ages. This course examines the relationship between legal procedures and institutions and the medieval societies that produced them.


Held with HIST 236


Offered on campus

Winter 20241
LS 291 001 Legal Writing

A study of the principles, processes, and various forms of writing used in the practice of law and drafting of legislation. The history and structure of legal writing, including current debates about plain language, will be examined.


Held with ENGL 210I


Offered on campus

Winter 2024
LS 327 081 Policing in a Democratic Society

A critical examination of the police as social control agents in contemporary democratic societies. Topics include the historical evolution of policing; police recruitment, training, and education; police/community relations; the occupational subculture of the police; police authority and discretion; private policing; and police deviance and criminality.


Held with SOC 327


Offered online

Winter 2024
LS 351 001 Philosophy of Law

Basic themes in the philosophy of law. Issues include the nature of law and its relation to morality and politics, legal reasoning, the justification of punishment, and theories of rights, responsibility, and liability.


Held with PHIL 327


Offered in a blended format with online and on campus components

Winter 2024
LS 401 001, 002 Law, Culture, and Rights

This seminar explores the intersection of culture and rights from a legal studies perspective in order to better understand the diversity of ways that law shapes our society, and vice versa. Students will debate and assess selected topics from the perspective of various disciplines spanning the social sciences and humanities.


Offered on campus and online with synchronous time requirements

Winter 2024
LS 402 001, 002 Perspectives on Legal Authority and Subjectivity

This seminar explores the relation between those who make or administer law and select legal subjects whose lives and identities are shaped by law. Students will debate and assess selected perspectives while touching on various disciplines spanning the social sciences and humanities.


Offered on campus

Winter 2024
LS 496 004 Special Topics in Legal Studies - Laws of Academia: Education, Research, & Democracy

This course will deal with selected topics in legal studies. Subjects will be dependent upon the research and/or instructional interests of faculty.


Offered online with synchronous time requirements

Winter 2024
MEDVL 115 001 Crusading in the Middle Ages

This course examines the historical events and cultural assumptions that led to the European phenomenon of crusading, or holy war, between 1095 and 1453.


Held with HIST 115


Offered on campus

Winter 2024