Legal Studies (CLN 4C)

Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Studies
Course Code: CLN 4C
Grade: 12
Course Type: College
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10
Department: Canadian and World Studies
Tuition Fee (CAD): $639

This course provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue a career that requires an understanding of law. Students will explore the importance of law, analyzing contemporary legal issues and their relevance to daily life. They will investigate the requirements for various law-related careers as well as legal responsibilities in the workplace. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process to investigate their rights and responsibilities, legal processes and structures, and the role of law in a changing society.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:

Inquiry and Skills Development
  • The Inquiry Process in Legal Studies: use the legal studies inquiry process and the concepts of legal thinking when investigating current legal issues;
  • Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through the study of law, and identify careers in which a background in law might be an asset.

Legal Foundations
  • Purpose and Processes of Law: explain purposes of law, legal structures and processes, and fundamental principles of justice in Canada
  • Development of Law: explain how governments and societal attitudes and values have influenced the development of law in Canada
  • Law and Diversity: analyse the ability of Canadian law to uphold the rights and accommodate the needs of diverse individuals and groups

Rights and Responsibilities
  • Fundamentals of Human Rights Law in Canada: explain the legal importance of human rights law in Canada, with particular reference to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Rights and Responsibilities: analyse from a legal perspective how the rights and responsibilities of individuals, groups, and governments are connected
  • Influences on Human Rights Issues: analyse from a legal perspective the role of forces such as globalization, technological change media influence, and evolving societal attitudes in strengthening or weakening protections for human rights in Canada and abroad
Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Law and Society: analyse the role of law in contemporary society
  • Legal Structures and Processes: describe laws and processes for dealing with different types of legal offences and disputes in Canada
  • Emerging Legal Issues: explain the legal implications of a variety of current issues, both in Canada and internationally
Law in the Workplace
  • Law and Careers: describe the educational, training, certification, and other professional requirements for various careers where an understanding of law is important
  • Roles and Responsibilities in the Workplace: analyse the roles and responsibilities of employees, managers, employers, corporations, and governments in the workplace
  • Legal Issues in the Workplace: analyse legal issues related to the influence of new technologies, environmental concerns, and national and international events on the workplace

Unit Overview

Unit 1: Introduction to Legal Studies15 hours
Unit 2: Legal Foundations20 hours
Unit 3: Rights and Responsibilities20 hours
Unit 4: Contemporary Legal Issues20 hours
Unit 5: Law in the Workplace20 hours
Total Hours110 hours
Teaching and Learning Strategies

Enthusiastic teachers and instructors bring unique teaching and assessment methods to the classroom because students learn best when they are engaged in a range of different learning techniques. The activities allow students to apply learned concepts to current world social, economic, and environmental issues which impact daily life. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Instructors also inspire students to become successful problem solvers by investigating, providing alternative reasoning and solutions to problems as well as dedicating time and energy to the tasks at hand.

Effective instructional techniques utilize students’ existing knowledge and by capturing their interest and engaging in meaningful participation. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the correlation between the learned concepts and their ability to apply them to the world around them and in real-life situations. Students will have the chance to learn using a wide range of methods which include self-learning, cooperative learning as well as learning through teacher guidance as well has hands-on experiences. The methods and strategies teachers implement will be tailored to the learning requirements and the individual needs of the students. Teachers will achieve effective instruction in an online environment by using videos, interactive animations and virtual labs and discussion forums and video conferencing/live chat.

Individualized Accommodations for Students

Our methodology for student assessment follows the Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010) manual published by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Assessment is the process of gathering information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject or course. Assessment tools are designed to improve student learning which includes descriptive feedback, coaching, observations and self-assessments. In addition, student can be independent and set individual goals, monitor progress against these goals, determine next steps and reflect on their thinking and learning.

For a student with special education needs who requires modified or alternative expectations, assessment and evaluation of his or her achievement will be based on the modified curriculum expectations or alternative expectations outlined in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning may be identified by the teacher, however recommendations from a School Board generated in the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should be used, if available. 

For a student with special education needs who requires “accommodations only”, as described in his or her IEP, assessment and evaluation of achievement will be based on the appropriate subject/ grade/course curriculum expectations and the achievement levels outlined in the curriculum documents.

A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) describes his or her educational program and any accommodations that may be required. The IEP specifies whether the student requires:
accommodations only; or
modified learning expectations, with the possibility of accommodations;

Assessment accommodations are changes in procedures that enable the student to demonstrate his
or her learning. These may include:
visual supports to clarify verbal instructions, assistive devices, or some form of human support;
alternative methods for the student to demonstrate his or her achievement of expectations (e.g., allowing the student to take tests orally) or the allowance of extra time to complete the assessment;
alternative settings that may be more suitable for the student to demonstrate his or her learning.

If accommodations are required to assess and evaluate student learning, the strategies to be used are outlined in the student’s IEP.
For further details about the different types of accommodations, modified learning expectation and alternative programs please refer to Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010)

Materials Required

Standard Computer Requirements for all courses:
-Processor speed of 2 GHz or faster
-Memory of 4 GB RAM or greater
-A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 10 MB/s or better.
-Monitor and video card with 1024×768 or greater resolution
-Keyboard and Mouse is recommended