Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2010/2011)
8.20 Law and Society

Program Co-ordinator: Dr. K. Side

The programs listed below are interdisciplinary programs intended to encourage students to examine different facets of law and its role in society. They are neither pre-law programs nor ones offering a certificate or qualification in legal studies. They will acquaint and confront students with different aspects of the history, philosophical basis, and role of law in modern society. They include 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 programs.

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.


The interdisciplinary Major and Minor programs are offered to candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. These programs are offered in conjunction with a major or a minor in a single discipline. In order to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts with a Major or Minor in Law and Society, candidates must complete all the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts. Candidates should contact the Program Coordinator by June 1st if they intend to begin the program in the Fall semester and by October 1st if they intend to begin the program in the Winter semester to discuss the planning of their program.

Students majoring or minoring in Law and Society may use the courses they complete to meet the requirements of either their Law and Society major or minor or their single-discipline major or minor but not both.

8.20.1 Major Program Regulations

Students who major in Law and Society must complete:

  1. all the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program;

  2. a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses which shall include, in addition to Law and Society 2000 and Law and Society 4000, an additional 30 credit hours in at least 3 different disciplines and chosen from the Table below including:

    1. 9 credits at the 1000 or 2000 level

    2. 15 credits at the 3000 level

    3. 6 credits at the 4000 level

    Before registering for any Law and Society 4000 level course, students must complete 18 of the 36 credit hours required for the major including Law and Society 2000. In exceptional circumstances, the Co-ordinator may waive this prerequisite.

Elective Courses Approved for Inclusion in the Law and Society Major and Minor Programs Table

1000 and 2000 Level Courses

3000 Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

  • German 3915
  • History 3200
  • Law and Society 3012
  • Law and Society 3013
  • Law and Society 3014
  • Law and Society 3015
  • Law and Society 3016
  • Law and Society 3200
  • Law and Society 3300
  • Law and Society 3400
  • Linguistics 3220
  • Philosophy 3400
  • Police Studies 3000
  • Political Science 3210
  • Political Science 3290
  • Political Science 3620
  • Political Science 3800
  • Political Science 3810
  • Political Science 3820
  • Political Science 3830
  • Sociology 3130
  • Sociology 3290
  • Sociology 3306
  • Sociology 3395
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3320
  • Business 4000
  • History 4810
  • Law and Society 4900
  • Law and Society 4901-4909
  • Political Science 4200
  • Political Science 4215
  • Political Science 4360
  • Political Science 4370
  • Sociology 4095
  • Sociology 4099
  • Sociology 4212
8.20.2 Minor Program Regulations

A Minor program in Law and Society will consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours as outlined below:

  1. Law and Society 2000 and Law and Society 4000

  2. 18 credit hours chosen from the Elective Courses Approved for Inclusion in the Law and Society Major and Minor Programs Table, 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. The normal departmental prerequisites are applicable, but Department Heads may waive course prerequisites in cases where alternate preparation can be demonstrated.

    Up to 6 credit hours in Special Topics courses in Law and Society may be used to fulfil the 6 of the 18 credit hour requirement of this clause.

  3. 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 above, may be used to fulfil the requirements of the minor.

8.20.3 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.

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.


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


Resource Management and Collective Bargaining

deals with the challenges facing Newfoundland and Labrador in the realm of resource policy jurisdiction. Specific topics include constitutional limitations upon the development and marketing of hydroelectricity, constitutional restrictions upon offshore oil and subsurface resources policy, and international law restrictions upon the management and control of the fisheries.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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.

Prerequisite: LWSO 2000


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 LWSO major or minor.


Development of Law in Newfoundland

(same as History 4232) 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.


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.