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Public Speaking & Debating: Understanding Canadian Law

This Focus Learning course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada.

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About this course

This Focus Learning course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of law relating to rights and freedoms in Canada; our legal system; and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will develop legal reasoning skills and will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process when investigating a range of legal issues and formulating and communicating informed opinions about them. For each unit, there will be one mock trial where students will get to participate in legal debating using the learnings from the previous unit.

What you'll learn

Unit Breakdown Over Three Months:

Unit One: Our Legal Heritage

Unit Two: Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities Unit Three: Criminal Law

Unit Four: Civil Law and Dispute Resolution

Overall Curriculum Expectations

Heritage:

In this introductory unit, students develop an understanding of what law is and why societies have laws. An examination of the historical roots of Canadian Law assists students to develop an understanding of the Canadian legal system. Students examine the role of government, its agencies, and the courts in making, changing, or interpreting the law. Throughout the unit, students incorporate many of the methods of legal inquiry. With the culminating activity, students are asked to create a constitution for the new colony on Mars. After an examination of a number of constitutions, students are asked to create a new constitution and to present their work to their classmates, and individually submit a written report.

Rights and Freedoms:

This unit explores the sources of Canadian rights and freedoms. Students examine how rights and freedoms may differ and conflict. An examination of historical and contemporary barriers to the equal enjoyment of human rights in Canada helps students evaluate the impact of these barriers. Finally, as a result of their study of the rights and freedoms enshrined in Canadian Law, students develop an understanding of how these rights and freedoms are interpreted, limited, and enforced in Canada and Ontario.

Criminal Law:

This unit introduces students to the main concepts of criminal law in Canada. They first examine specific terms that govern both the existence and classification of crime. They then apply some of those understandings to the study of youth crime and how Canadian society deals with this issue. Students then look at the investigation of crime and the role of police in investigation and arrest. An examination of the courts and trial process gives students a deeper understanding of the adversarial system and the roles of various officials and citizens in the court. Students look at the decision-making process involved in sentencing criminals to prison, and the rights of victims in these situations.

Regulation and Dispute Resolution:

Students study the structure of the Canadian private law system. The unit is divided into four areas of concentration. The sub-topics within the unit are organized in a manner that builds upon the understanding of the differences between criminal and civil law, which leads to an examination of how the processes, legal institutions, and methods involved in bringing a civil dispute to trial operate. This leads to an examination of how the law applies to family matters.

Finally, students analyse the role of law as it applies to contractual obligations, torts, and claims for compensation for personal loss. Students continue to expand their skills of legal inquiry in this unit. This unit offers students an excellent opportunity to further develop research skills in the analysis and interpretation of data related to private and civil law.

Materials & Homework

Student Expectations

Students will:

  • Be punctual to class;
  • Will put forth good effort in classroom discussions, independent and group work;
  • Be respectful of all students and adults in all classrooms;
  • Be responsible for recording homework, mock trials and assignments;
  • Be responsible for their own supplies;
  • Must source all researched information using MLA format;
  • Complete all assigned homework in the allotted time;
  • Exhibit a high level of academic honesty.

Teacher Expectations

As your teacher, I will:

  • Follow the Ontario Curriculum to the best of my knowledge;
  • Provide a variety of opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge;
  • Provide acceptable amounts of time to complete assigned work;
  • Give acceptable notice of due dates;
  • Be respectful of all students and adults in the school;
  • Uphold the school rules and policies to the best of my ability.

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Headmaster, Focus Learning

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