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Aboriginal Law

LAW 202/3.0

Introduction to Canadian Aboriginal Law and related issues. Covers historical, social and political contexts in the development of current laws and the impact of emerging developments such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Taught by Law Professors and guest lecturers.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe major historical, social, and political forces impacting the development and evolution of Aboriginal Law.
  2. Identify and describe the main points of current interaction between the Canadian legal system and Aboriginal peoples.
  3. Describe the importance of Indigenous legal traditions to reconciliation.
  4. Describe current legal issues affecting Aboriginal peoples of Canada within the broader context of the world’s Indigenous peoples.


Aboriginal Law is an undergraduate survey course of Aboriginal law. Reconciliation between the Canadian state and the Aboriginal peoples of Canada is a central concern of Canadian law in the 21st century, one that reaches into every sector of Canadian society. Resource development, environmental regulation, the criminal justice system, constitutional politics, international relations, intellectual property rights, social welfare policy, cultural development, health care services, education, and language policy are only some of the areas where an understanding of the law relating to Aboriginal peoples has become an urgent necessity.


Summer 18: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 7 - July 27, 2018
Exam Dates: 


Quizzes (Individual)20%
Case Study (Individual)10%
Media Assignment (Group)20%
Media Assignment Reflection (Individual)10%
Mini Negotiation (Group)10%
Negotiation (Group)30%

This course does not have a final exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Professor Hugo Choquette (h.choquette@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

A course such as this on campus would have three lecture hours per week, usually with an assignment to follow. Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Fall 2018
Course Dates: 
Sept. 6 - Nov 30, 2018
Exam Dates: 
Dec 5 - 20, 2018



Quizzes x 7 (Individual)10%
Discussions (Individual)10%
Case Study Assignment (Individual)40%
Negotiations (Group & Individual)30%

This course does not have a final exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Professor Hugo Choquette (h.choquette@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

This course represents a study period of one semester. The course material is divided into 12 weeks. While modules can vary in length from one to two weeks, learners can expect to invest on average 7-9 hours per week in this course. Learners who adhere to a pre-determined study schedule are more likely to successfully complete the course on time.

Course Resources


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.


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 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 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

GPA Calculators
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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
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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.