Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2012/2013)
10.19 Law and Society

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, Democracy and Social Justice

examines the nature and aims of democracy and contemporary issues related to social justice through a law and society perspective.


Law and Society in Canada

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

PR: LWSO 1000

3010-3019 (Excluding 3012, 3013, 3014, 3015 and 3016)

Special Topics in Law and Society

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

PR: LWSO 1000


Aboriginal Peoples: Concepts of Land, the Law and the Constitution

traces the historical development of Aboriginal land and resource rights; colonial and Canadian law; and the Constitution of Canada as it relates to the Indian, Inuit and Metis people of Canada. The developing concept of Aboriginal law is presented within the context of the treaty process, Indian Act, contemporary land claims, the Canadian Constitution, and federal/provincial relations.

PR: LWSO 1000. LWSO 2000 is recommended


Resource Management and Collective Bargaining

- inactive course.


Aboriginal and Government Relations in Newfoundland and Labrador

traces the historical development of Aboriginal and Government relations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Topics include: the current legal and constitutional status of the Inuit, Indian and Metis people within the context of land claims, application of the Indian Act, access to programs and services, and federal/provincial relations.

PR: LWSO 1000. LWSO 2000 is recommended.


Women and Law in Canada

looks at the interplay between law and status under the law, the course proceeds to look at some of the main legal issues affecting women today, such as workplace equality, family law and women and crime. This course provides students with the opportunity to study cases in depth and apply legal theory to current issues affecting Canadian women.

PR: LWSO 1000. LWSO 2000 is recommended.


Western Traditions of Law and War

provides students with a historical overview of the law of war. The course goes beyond the traditional legal definition of war as an armed conflict between states, and examines whether the law of war should be applied to terrorism and wars of national liberation. Topics include: just war theory, the legality of the various means of warfare, the treatment of protected people and places and the prosecution of war criminals.

PR: LWSO 1000


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.

CR: History 3200

PR: LWSO 1000. LWSO 2000 is recommended.


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.

PR: LWSO 1000


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.

PR: LWSO 1000. LWSO 2000 is recommended.


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.

PR: LWSO 1000 and at least 15 credit hours in courses applicable to the Law and Society major or minor


Development of Law in Newfoundland

(same as History 4232 and the former History 4214) traces the evolution of the legal system of Newfoundland and Labrador from its earliest beginnings. Students are responsible for contributing to seminar discussions and presenting a research essay on some major themes that distinguish legal developments in Newfoundland and Labrador.

CR: History 4232, former History 4214

PR: LWSO 1000. LWSO 2000 is recommended.


Special Topics in Law and Society

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

PR: LWSO 1000

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).