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Introduction to Canadian Law

LAW 201/3.0

An introduction to Canadian law and the legal system: legal processes and institutions, principles of legal reasoning and approaches to the analysis of law. Students will learn about the law governing relationships between individuals and between individuals and the state.

NOTE: A maximum of 6.0 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted towards the Program and/or Plan requirements of any degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Below: Watch an excerpt from Professor Pratt’s module on contract law – just 2 of the over 200 minutes of instructional videos in this course. 

Learning Outcomes

 Learning Outcomes


After completing LAW 201, students will be able to:

1. recgonize and explain the distinction between public and private law in Canada;

2. illustrate the structure of the judicial system in Canada;

3. critically analyze and evalutate Canadian judicial decisions;

4. identify and explain basic legal reasoning while applying legal principles to facts; and

5. evaluate current social issues, including access to justice and equality as it relates to minority groups, such as First Nations, taking into account the diversity of Canadian society and fundamental Canadian legal principles.

 

Description

An engaging and comprehensive online overview of the fundamentals of Canadian law – essential for anyone curious about law in a democratic society, or considering law as a career. Whether you’re just interested in the subject or prepping for your LSATs, this is the right choice to get a firm grasp on legal basics, as taught by professors at one of Canada’s top-tier law schools.

Introduction to Canadian Law is taught in nine online modules, with each module having a specific area of focus. From constitutional and business law to contracts, torts, family and criminal law, you will emerge from the course with a strong understanding of the breadth of Canadian law, how it deals with current and emerging issues, and its impact on our personal, social and working lives. 

Terms

Summer 17: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 1 - July 21, 2017
Exam Dates: 
July 25 - 28, 2017

Evaluation

 

Case Brief10%
Group E-Poster including peer review15%
Online Mid-Term15%
Family Law Fact Pattern - The Matrimonial Home10%
One online forum discussion - Current Events2%
Weekly Quizzes and Crosswords - quizzes are graded; crosswords are graded on attempts, but there must be an attempt. Student can do these as often as they want, and will be graded on their highest attempt8%
Jeopardy Questions5%
Jeopardy Game Play5%
Proctored Final Exam - two hours, 100 MC and TF questions30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Mary-Jo Maur (maryjo.maur@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Mary-Jo Maur practises family law in Kingston, Ontario.   Her practice includes family litigation, mediation/arbitration, and parenting coordination.  She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Conferences.

In addition to her practice, Mary-Jo is an Assistant Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Torts, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as serving as the Director of the Introduction to Lawyering Skills Program.

She is the co-author, with Professor Berend Hovius, of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, of the 7th and 8th editions of Hovius on Family Law: Cases, Notes and Materials, Carswell 2009 and 2013.

Mary-Jo lives on a 40-acre farm outside Kingston with her human, equine, feline, and porcine companions.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Fall 2017
Course Dates: 
Sept. 11 - Dec. 1, 2017
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 7 - 21, 2017

Evaluation

Case Brief10%
Group E-Poster including peer review15%
Online Mid-Term10%
Family Law Fact Pattern - The Matrimonial Home10%
One online forum discussion - Current Events2%
Weekly Quizzes and Crosswords - quizzes are graded; crosswords are graded on attempts, but there must be an attempt. Student can do these as often as they want, and will be graded on their highest attempt8%
Jeopardy Questions5%
Jeopardy Game Play5%
Online Tutorial Grade5%
Proctored Final Exam - two hours, 100 MC and TF questions30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Mary-Jo Maur (maryjo.maur@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Mary-Jo Maur practises family law in Kingston, Ontario.   Her practice includes family litigation, mediation/arbitration, and parenting coordination.  She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Conferences.

In addition to her practice, Mary-Jo is an Assistant Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Torts, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as serving as the Director of the Introduction to Lawyering Skills Program.

She is the co-author, with Professor Berend Hovius, of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, of the 7th and 8th editions of Hovius on Family Law: Cases, Notes and Materials, Carswell 2009 and 2013.

Mary-Jo lives on a 40-acre farm outside Kingston with her human, equine, feline, and porcine companions.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Winter 2018
Course Dates: 
Jan. 8 - April 6, 2018
Exam Dates: 
April 12 - 28, 2018

Evaluation

Case Brief10%
Group E-Poster including peer review15%
Online Mid-Term10%
Family Law Fact Pattern - The Matrimonial Home10%
One online forum discussion - Current Events2%
Weekly Quizzes and Crosswords - quizzes are graded; crosswords are graded on attempts, but there must be an attempt. Student can do these as often as they want, and will be graded on their highest attempt8%
Jeopardy Questions5%
Jeopardy Game Play5%
Online Tutorial Grade5%
Proctored Final Exam - two hours, 100 MC and TF questions30%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor Mary-Jo Maur (maryjo.maur@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Mary-Jo Maur practises family law in Kingston, Ontario.   Her practice includes family litigation, mediation/arbitration, and parenting coordination.  She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Conferences.

In addition to her practice, Mary-Jo is an Assistant Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Torts, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as serving as the Director of the Introduction to Lawyering Skills Program.

She is the co-author, with Professor Berend Hovius, of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, of the 7th and 8th editions of Hovius on Family Law: Cases, Notes and Materials, Carswell 2009 and 2013.

Mary-Jo lives on a 40-acre farm outside Kingston with her human, equine, feline, and porcine companions.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.