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Introduction to Canadian Law

LAW 201/3.0

Introduction to Canadian Law is designed for students from all disciplines, but will be of particular interest to students in history, political science, or business.  The course provides students with an introduction to the Canadian legal and judicial systems.  Students will learn the sources of law in Canadian common law jurisdictions, as well as the basic workings of the Canadian court system.  Students will be introduced to the role of lawyers and judges, and legal ethics.

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

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.


Winter 2019
Course Dates: 
Jan. 7 - April 5, 2019
Exam Dates: 
April 11 - 27, 2019


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 - three 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.

The final exam will be written in an online environment, with details to be provided as the exam date nears. Once the exam schedule has been finalized the date of exam will be posted on your SOLUS account. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Mary-Jo Maur (

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

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.

Summer 19: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 6 - July 26, 2019
Exam Dates: 





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


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.

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
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

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.

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.