Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2009/2010)
8.20 Law and Society

Program Co-ordinator: Dr. T. Johnson, Faculty of Education

The program listed below is an interdisciplinary program intended to encourage students to examine different facets of law and its role in society. It is neither a pre-law program nor one offering a certificate or qualification in legal studies. The minor program and courses will acquaint and confront students with different aspects of the history, philosophical basis, and role of law in modern society. The minor includes both courses which deal explicitly with law (e.g., Canadian Constitutional Law, International Law, History of Law, Criminal Justice), and courses in social and political theory and the role of law and its norms in diverse settings (e.g., S/A 3240 Regional Studies: Contemporary Native Peoples of Canada). Law and Society 2000 and Law and Society 4000 are intended to integrate the material and provide a common focus at both the beginning and the end of the program.

As is the case in any interdisciplinary program, it will be up to the students to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites to complete the program. For purposes of entry into the courses offered by participating departments, heads will be asked to treat these students on the same basis as their own majors.

8.20.1 Regulations

A minor program in Law and Society will consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses selected according to the stipulations below:

  1. Candidates for the minor must complete a minimum of 30 university credit hours including Law and Society 2000 before applying for the program. The prerequisite for Law and Society 2000 is completion of at least 18 university credit hours.

  2. Candidates should apply in writing to the Law and Society Committee through the Program Co-ordinator.

  3. In addition to Law and Society 2000 and Law and Society 4000, students must complete 18 credit hours, with a maximum of 6 credit hours in courses from each participating department. At least 12 of the 18 credit hours must be completed in courses numbered 3000 or higher.

    * indicates cross-listed courses

    The normal departmental prerequisites are applicable, but Department Heads may waive course prerequisites in cases where alternate preparation can be demonstrated.

  4. Law and Society 4000 is compulsory. Before registering for this course students must complete 18 of the 24 credit hours required for the minor, including Law and Society 2000. In exceptional circumstances, the Program Co-ordinator may waive this prerequisite.

  5. Students majoring in one of the participating disciplines may not use courses counted toward their major to fulfil the Law and Society minor requirements; however, up to 6 additional credit hours from their major subject area, listed in 3 above, may be used to fulfil the requirements of the minor.

  6. Up to 6 credit hours in Special Topics courses in Law and Society may be used to fulfil the requirements of the minor under regulation 3 above.

8.20.2 Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Program Co-ordinator.

Law and Society courses are designated by LWSO.


Law and Society

is an introduction to law in Canadian society and the role which it has played in societies past and present.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 18 university credit hours.


Special Topics in Law and Society

will have topics to be studied announced by the Program Co-ordinator.


Women and the Law in Newfoundland History

(same as History 3200) examines how legal reforms addressed or challenged the values of the community. Students will investigate the various ways in which Newfoundland women interacted with the law and on occasion found themselves before a magistrate.


Understanding Human Rights

introduces students to the theory and practice of human rights. Course topics include: history; philosophy; and international and Canadian structures and provisions. The course includes an examination of selected areas of human rights, i.e. labour, women’s and children’s rights, and explores current and future applications of human rights.


Organized Crime in Canada: National and Global Perspectives

examines the origins, expansion, and changing character of organized crime in Canada from the early twentieth century to the present. Laws relating to criminal activity, law enforcement and available tools to combat organized crime are assessed according to the inherent problems of investigation, evidence, and litigation.


Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Law and Society

is an appreciation and understanding of those rules and activities termed legal which can be gained from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the different ways in which law may be approached within the social sciences and humanities. The topic or topics to be discussed in a given semester will depend on the availability and participation of faculty from participating departments. Through seminar readings, discussions and research, students will gain a wider understanding of the role of law in society and of the diverse academic approaches for understanding it.

Prerequisites: LWSO 2000 and at least 15 credit hours in courses applicable to the minor.


Law and Society

(same as History 4232) is the development of law in Newfoundland.


Credit may not be obtained for LWSO 4900 and either History 4232 or the former History 4214.


Special Topics in Law and Society

will have topics to be studied announced by the Program Co-ordinator.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000.