This course will introduce you to the Canadian legal system and Canadian public law. It is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of how the law operates in Canada and to present foundational concepts and doctrines that will enable you to pursue more detailed studies of Canadian public law topics. The course will enable you to understand the general structure of the Canadian legal and political system, including the three branches of government and their relationship to one another, the role of constitutionalism in Canada and the three primary topics of Canadian constitutional law (federalism, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Aboriginal law and Indigenous rights), and the basic doctrines of administrative law.


This course is only open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Foundations of Canadian Law program; it is not open to LLM students.

Pre-requisite: N/A

Anti-requisite: CCLW 6502 - Foundations of Canadian Law, CCLW 6402 - Foundations of Canadian Law (Online)

NCA equivalence:


Terms Offered

Winter 24

Course Section: M

3.0 credits

Winter 25

Course Section: M

3.0 credits

Fall 25

Course Section: A

3.0 credits

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