Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
11.17 Law and Society

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Program Co-ordinator: Dr. P. Dold, Head, Department of Gender Studies

The Major in Law and Society and the Minor in Law and Society are interdisciplinary programs that encourage students to engage in the academic and philosophical study of different facets of law and its role in society. They will acquaint and confront students with different aspects of the history, philosophical basis, and role of law in modern society. They include courses which deal explicitly with law, courses in social and political theory, and courses examining the role of law and its norms in diverse settings. Core courses in Law and Society integrate the material and provide a common focus at the beginning and the end of the programs. These are not pre-law programs nor do they offer a certificate or qualification in legal studies.

Law and Society course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Arts section under Course Descriptions, Law and Society and are designated by LWSO.

11.17.1 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the Program Co-ordinator. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

11.17.2 Declaring the Interdisciplinary Major or Interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society

Students wishing to declare a Major or a Minor in Law and Society shall consult with the Program Co-ordinator to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Arts is available at www.mun.ca/arts/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.17.3 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Major in Law and Society
  1. A Major in Law and Society consists of all the general requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society and Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society below as follows:

    1. as per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, courses from a minimum of any three Arts disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Arts discipline other than Law and Society;

    2. a minimum of 12 credit hours in Law and Society courses, which must include LWSO 1000 and 4000; and

    3. an additional 24 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society, which must include at least 15 credit hours at the 3000-level or above, including at least 3 credit hours at the 4000-level.

      In fulfilling the requirements above, no more than 15 credit hours can be counted from Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Major in Law and Society must also choose a single-discipline Minor or a Major in single-discipline.

11.17.4 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society
  1. A Minor in Law and Society consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society and Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society below as follows:

    1. as per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, courses from a minimum of any three Arts disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Arts discipline other than Law and Society:

    2. a minimum of 9 credit hours in Law and Society courses, which must include LWSO 1000 and 4000; and,

    3. an additional 15 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society, including at least 9 credit hours at the 3000-level or above. In fulfilling the requirements above, no more than 9 credit hours can be counted from Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society.

      In fulfilling the requirements above, no more than 15 credit hours can be counted from Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society.

  2. Before registering for any 4000-level Law and Society course, students must complete 18 credit hours selected from courses in Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society below, including LWSO 1000.

  3. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Minor in Law and Society must choose a single discipline Major.

11.17.5 Course List
  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Table 1 courses are Faculty of Arts courses whose Calendar entry establishes a focus on law and society, and are fundamental to the program of study. Subject to the program regulations, they may be supplemented with Table 2 courses whose Calendar entry establishes an emphasis on the study of aspects of society that shape and/or are shaped by law. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, up to 6 credit hours obtained in undergraduate courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland that are not listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions may be deemed eligible towards the Major in Law and Society, or 3 such credit hours towards the Minor in Law and Society. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Arts that have been approved as Table 2 electives include Business 4000, 5000, 6040, 7322; Education 4420; Human Kinetics and Recreation 3535; Psychology 2150; Social Work 3720.

  3. Students registered in the Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) who are pursuing a Major or a Minor in Law and Society are eligible to complete up to 12 credit hours for the Major and 6 credit hours for the Minor in approved courses that do not appear in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions. The normal limit that is identified in the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs does not apply to those students.

    Table 1 Core Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

    Table 2 Other Faculty of Arts Courses Approved for the Major or Minor in Law and Society

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

    Political Science 4215, 4360, 4370

11.17.6 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science, candidates for an Interdisciplinary Major or Minor in Law and Society who had completed a 2000-level course or above in Law and Society prior to September 2014 will normally follow the program regulations in effect at that time. Such students may instead elect to follow the Law and Society program regulations outlined in this version of the Calendar. These “grandparented” students are encouraged to consult the Program Co-ordinator for assistance with course selection.