The Law 12 course explores the Canadian legal system and what it means to live in the context of a legally administered society. But in addition to understanding the various frameworks and processes, as well as the substance of Law in Canada, the benefits of learning law go far beyond the circumference of “what” is studied. Historically, law has been considered one of the most nurturing fields for deepening intellectual development. In aristocratic days, legal studies were among the highest ambitions for the elite’s noble sons – regrettably, as such times were patriarchal, the field did not welcome the astute among women or the lower classes. Today, law’s distinction remains, although females and minorities now constitute an increasing proportion of the total sum of lawyers worldwide.
Indeed, since legal studies demand high level reasoning capacities and span all human disciplines, students find themselves with seemingly endless opportunities to employ its benefits in career and general cultural activities. Not only does the study advance skills and attitudes that strengthen the ability to address legal, social, and ethical issues, but by expanding the analytical faculties altogether it often empowers individuals to see into the causes and effects of cultural and institutional relations in daily life. As such, it can be a powerful vehicle for recognizing often unseen rights and responsibilities and may as such be an impetus for advancing human liberty. For Christians, the study of law also affords a unique interpretive basis through which man’s sacred relation to his maker, neighbor, and larger world is understood. In fact, implications for believers are eye opening and heart enriching when comprehending the fact that law is, after all, the most inescapable aspect of human life. Encompassed in law’s broadest study is the formidable charge against the human heart and the impossibility of its remediation but for Christ’s deliverance.
Course Outline of Themes:
This course will be offered through four modules:
- Foundations of Law: dealing with the structure, the institutions and the forms of law in our land;
- Criminal Law: dealing with legal process and the basis for search, arrest and trial, including evidence and the rights of the accused;
- Civil Law: dealing with matters outside the criminal code, though still found to constitute offense in view of wider social legal parameters; and,
- Law as it pertains to Family and Employment: areas of law that guide, guard and mediate between people as they are legally bound to community and corporate rights and responsibilities.
100 hours (3 hours/week linear)
Social Studies 11
- Learning about Law: ISBN# 9780075517849
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