This course introduces students to the Canadian constitutional structure, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other human rights provisions. Students also learn about the court structure and litigation process, including the role of judges, counsel and parties, as well as the division of law in our common law system. This course also observes the alternatives to proceeding to trial (negotiation, mediation and arbitration) and the reforms that have been made to further encourage people to retain control of and resolve their own disputes.
Following up on Introduction to the Legal System, this course introduces students to the basic principles of property law, such as the differences between real and personal property, the rights and interests that can be held and transferred in property, and the systems for the registration and transfer of ownership and other interests in property. Students are also introduced to the major forms of business organization; sole proprietorship, partnership and incorporation. The course examines the differences between these forms and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Finally, students are introduced to the law concerning the sale of goods as well as consumer protection law.
Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There are two assignments and three tests to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.
Module 1: Introduction to Legal Studies
Module 2: Canada’s Governmental Structure
Module 3: Canada’s Legal Structure
Module 4: The Court System; Administrative Regulators
Module 5: The Process of Civil Litigation
Module 6: Human Rights Protection in Canada; Alternatives to Court Action
Module 1: Property Law
Module 2: Business Law
Module 3: Consumer Law