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- Schedule of Classes (for enrolment caps, class times and location)
- Undergraduate calendar (course descriptions and pre-requisites)
Courses Winter 2016 Term
LS 101 - Introduction to Legal Studies
An introduction to the study of law, its structure, and legal institutions from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. This interdisciplinary course examines the origins of legal systems and their impact on society. Included is an analysis of the diverse historical, political, economic, and cultural conditions under which law arises and functions within society.
LS 202 - Criminal Law
LS 221 - Research Methods
An introductory survey of the research techniques commonly employed by sociologists, criminologists, and legal studies researchers. The formulation of research designs appropriate to various kinds of intellectual problems in social science is stressed.
(Cross-listed with SOC 221)
LS 222 - Juvenile Delinquency
A systematic analysis and criticism is presented of biological, psychological, psychoanalytical, and sociological theories of juvenile delinquency. Attention is given to statistics and contemporary research with special emphasis on the distribution and types of delinquent subcultures.
(Cross-listed with SOC 222)
LS 229 - Selected Topics in Criminology
Sociological analysis of research and theory on selected criminal activities. Motivation, modus operandi, and the social characteristics of offenders will be examined in relation to such specific crimes as drug and sexual offenses, theft, robbery, murder, organized crime, and/or other criminal activities.
(Cross-listed with SOC 229)
LS 236 - Law and Society in the Middle Ages
A study of the laws and legal procedures of the Middle Ages. The course examines the relationship between legal procedures and institutions and the medieval societies that produced them.
(Cross-listed with HIST 236)
LS 240 - Terrorism
The course offers an introduction to the study of terrorism, with a primary focus on sociological approaches. The course examines the history, causes, and diversity of forms of terrorist groups and the process of radicalization, suicide terrorism, and some aspects of the counter-terrorism response of states.
(Cross-listed with SOC 240)
LS 263 - Organized Crime
An examination of select criminal organizations in North America. Particular attention will be given to the social history of 'the mafia' and the development of legal tools for policing criminal organization. Additional themes for discussion include enterprise and economic crimes, corruption, and the role of women in organized crime.
(Cross-listed with SOC 263)
LS 271 - Conflict Resolution
An examination of the resolution of conflicts, ranging from interpersonal to broader social and international conflicts. Students are introduced to negotiation, mediation, and nonviolent resistance, and are encouraged to develop their own theoretical understandings that aid in addressing conflict.
(Cross-listed with PACS 202)
LS 273 - Children's Rights in Canada
This course examines children's rights from a moral and comparative legal perspective. Students explore the welfare and developmental interests of children, the corresponding duties of parents, custodians, educators, and social workers, and the nature and scope of public educational authority in the common law jurisdictions of Canada.
(Cross-listed with SDS 210R)
LS 280 - Social Statistics
A basic course in statistics used in social science research including sampling, central tendency, probability, covariance, as illustrated in specifically sociological and criminological data.
(Cross-listed with SOC 280)
LS 292 - Literature and the Law
A study of literary works that involve legal matters and/or have led to litigation on such grounds as obscenity, treason, heresy, libel, and plagiarism.
(Cross-listed with ENGL 213)
LS 300 - Sociology of Law
Examines the social construction of law and its administration as a social process. Topics will include: law as an instrument of social control and social change; legal culture; the identification and evaluation of criminal suspects; the trial process and the rights of special groups. The specific laws highlighted will vary.
(Cross-listed with SOC 370)
LS 319 - Negotiation: Theories and Strategies
This course explores different ways of negotiating between people and groups with conflicting interests. You will learn the theory behind the strategies and develop practical negotiation skills you can put to use in your daily life at home, at work, and in the community.
(Cross-listed with PACS 323)
LS 322 - Field Research Methods
This course provides a critical evaluation of research techniques in sociology, criminology, and legal studies with an emphasis on learning and applying qualitative fieldwork approaches.
(Cross-listed with SOC 322)
LS 325 - Sexuality and the Law
Despite the commonly held belief that sexuality is nothing more than "doing what comes naturally", cultural definitions, including prohibitions against specific forms of conduct, impinge upon the most private or intimate of acts. This course examines the social construction and control of sexuality through law.
(Cross-listed with SOC 325)
LS 327 - Policing in a Democratic Society
A critical examination of the police as social control agents in contemporary democratic societies. Topics include the historical evolution of policing; police recruitment, training, and education; police/community relations; the occupational subculture of the police; police authority and discretion; private policing; and police deviance and criminality.
(Cross-listed with SOC 327)
LS 331 - Human Rights in Historical Perspective
A detailed analysis of selected topics in the history of human rights. Special attention will be paid to revolutionary developments since World War II, and to the emergence of modern human rights policies. Topics will be examined through assigned readings, lectures, and films.
(Cross-listed with HIST 321)
LS 344 - Restorative Justice
This course investigates the history, theory, principles, practices, and people of restorative justice. Content will centre particularly on restorative justice as a way of dealing with crime and interpersonal violence in the Canadian context.
(Cross-listed with PACS 329)
LS 351 - Philosophy of Law
Basic themes in the philosophy of law. Issues include the nature of law and its relation to morality and politics, legal reasoning, the justification of punishment, and theories of rights, responsibility and liability.
(Cross-listed with PHIL 327)
LS 372 - Criminal Profiling
Foundational assumptions for, and basic approaches to, criminal profiling will be considered, along with a survey of relevant techniques in the context of numerous case studies. Limitation and alternatives to profiling will also be addressed.
(Cross-listed with PSYCH 330)
LS 374 - The Evolution of Family Law
This course examines the evolution of family law in aboriginal, francophone, anglophone, and other communities in Canada to the end of the twentieth century. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course not only explores the demographic, economic, social, and political contexts in which family law developed but also addresses its significance for Canadian society.
(Cross-listed with SDS 353R)
LS 401 - Law, Culture, and Rights
This seminar explores the intersection of culture and rights from a legal perspective in order to better understand the diversity of ways that law shapes our society, and vice versa. Students will debate and assess selected perspectives while touching on various disciplines spanning the social sciences and humanities.
LS 402 - Perspectives on Legal Authority and Subjectivity
This seminar explores the relation between those who make or administer law and select legal subjects whose lives and identities are shaped by law. Students will debate and assess selected perspectives while touching on various disciplines spanning the social sciences and humanities.
LS 403 - Socio-Legal Responses to Crime
This course examines responses to crime from historical, philosophical, legal, psychological, sociological, and other related perspectives. The primary focus is on the relationship between the law, motivations of offenders, and responses by individuals and the criminal justice system due to chronic, sex, and violent offenders.
LS 462 - Government and Politics of Indigenous Peoples
An introduction to the history and development of government policy and regulations that have altered the political and social structures of aboriginal societies. We explore contemporary challenges to government policy and regulations, as reflected in the struggles for land, aboriginal rights, and self-government, as well as the development of a global identity.
(Cross-listed with PSCI 462)
LS 463 - Rights and Public Policy
An examination of the roles that rights and rights discourse plays in public policy development and policy change. Examines Canadian public policy in relation to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and human rights legislation, as well as cases in comparative context.
(Cross-listed with PSCI 463)
LS 492 - Communication and Social Justice
An examination of the ways in which communication on the part of individuals, groups, and institutions contributes to fostering justice in social contexts. Areas of focus include communication and justice in interpersonal, workplace, community, and national/international contexts.
(Cross-listed with SPCOM 430)
LS 498 - Directed Readings in Legal Studies
Selected study and assignments under the direction of a faculty member who teaches courses in legal studies and criminology.
Instructor Consent Required