Programs

The LJSO program offers courses on a wide range of topics, including the introduction to law and legal thinking, the history of crime and punishment, state violence, human rights, political theories and philosophies of law, youth crime and corrections, restorative justice and conflict resolution, and the legal regulation of sex and gender.

Degree Options

120 Credit Hour B.A. with Major in Law, Justice and Society

A minimum of 30, maximum of 54 credit hours in the major subject beyond the 1000 level (21 credit hours covered by the LJSO core courses), including 18 credit hours beyond the 2000 level.

1. For their first year, students are encouraged to select from existing introductory courses across the arts and social sciences, with recommendations for 3-6 credit hours of introductory offerings in each of political science, sociology and social anthropology, philosophy, and history, making sure that 6 credit hours are taken in a course that satisfies the Writing Requirement (WR).

e.g.,      

  • PHIL 1000xy.06 or PHIL 1010xy.06 (WR)
  • POLI 1050.03 and 1055.03 or POLI 1060.03 and 1065.03 or POLI 1103xy.06 (WR)
  • SOSA 1002.03 and SOSA 1003.03 or POLI/SOSA 1500.06
  • 3-6 credit hours of HIST courses [e.g., HIST 1020.03 and 1021.03;  HIST 1022.03 and 1023.03 (WR); HIST 1510.06 (WR); HIST 1910.03 and 1911.03]

+ an elective that satisfies the language or science requirements

King’s Foundation Year Program and the DalCAP combination of courses also provide suitable entry points.

2. At the second year level, 9 required credit hours:

  • LAWS 2510.03 Introduction to Law I and LAWS 2520.03 Introduction to Law II
  • PHIL 2020.03 Legal Thinking
  • + 21 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements

3. At the third year level students will have 12 required credit hours:

  • POLI 3505.03 Human Rights: Foundations
  • SOSA 3285.03 Sociology of Law
  • HIST 3226.03 Law & Justice in Canadian Society to 1890, OR
    HIST 3227.03 Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment, 1890 to the Present
  • LJSO 3000.03 The Processes of Justice
  • + 18 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements

4. At the fourth year levels:

  • + 30 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements
5. Other Requirements:

120 Credit Hour B.A. with Double Major in Law, Justice and Society

A minimum of 60, maximum of 84 credit hours in the major subject beyond the 1000 level are to be in the two allied subjects, with no more than 48 credit hours and no fewer than 30 credit hours in either (21 credit hours covered by LJSO core classes), including 12 credit hours beyond the 2000 level in each of the two major subjects

1.  For their first year, students are encouraged to select from existing introductory courses across the arts and social sciences, with recommendations for 3-6 credit hours of introductory offerings in each of political science, sociology and social anthropology, philosophy, and history, making sure that 6 credit hours are taken in a course that satisfies the Writing Requirement (WR).

e.g.,      

  • PHIL 1000xy.06 or PHIL 1010xy.06 (WR)
  • POLI 1050.03 and 1055.03 or POLI 1060.03 and 1065.03 or POLI 1103xy.06 (WR)
  • SOSA 1002.03 and SOSA 1003.03 or POLI/SOSA1500.06
  • 3-6 credit hours of HIST courses [e.g., HIST 1020.03 and 1021.03;  HIST 1022.03 and 1023.03 (WR); HIST 1510.06 (WR); HIST 1910.03 and 1911.03]

+ an elective that satisfies the language or science requirements

King’s Foundation Year Program and the DalCAP combination of courses also provide suitable entry points.

2.       At the second year level, 9 required credit hours:

  • LAWS 2510.03 Introduction to Law I and LAWS 2520.03 Introduction to Law II
  • PHIL 2020.03 Legal Thinking
  • + 21 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd major

3.       At the third year level students will have 12 required credit hours:

  • POLI 3505.03 Human Rights: Foundations
  • SOSA 3285.03 Sociology of Law
  • HIST 3226.03 Law & Justice in Canadian Society to 1890, OR
    HIST 3227.03 Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment, 1890 to the Present
  • LJSO 3000.03 The Processes of Justice
  • + 18 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements

4.       At the fourth year level: there are no required credit hours

  • + 30 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd major
5. Other requiremenets:
  • + 9 credit hours selected from List A electives, including 6 beyond the 2000 level
  • + up to 18 additional credits may be taken, drawn from either the List A electives or List B electives  

B.A. with Concentrated Honours in Law, Justice and Society

54 to 66 credit hours above 1000 Level in Honours Subject (24 credit hours covered by LJSO core courses). Grade must be “C” or better, otherwise, course will not count toward degree.

1.       For their first year, students are encouraged to select from existing introductory courses across the arts and social sciences, with recommendations for 3-6 credit hours of introductory offerings in each of political science, sociology and social anthropology, philosophy, and history, making sure that 6 credit hours are taken in a course that satisfies the Writing Requirement (WR).

e.g.,      

  • PHIL 1000xy.06 or PHIL 1010xy.06 (WR)
  • POLI 1050.03 and 1055.03 or POLI 1060.03 and 1065.03 or POLI 1103xy.06 (WR)
  • SOSA 1002.03 and SOSA 1003.03 or POLI/SOSA 1500.06
  • 3-6 credit hours of HIST courses [e.g., HIST 1020.03 and 1021.03;  HIST 1022.03 and 1023.03 (WR); HIST 1510.06 (WR); HIST 1910.03 and 1911.03]

+ an elective that satisfies the language or science requirements

King’s Foundation Year Program and the DalCAP combination of courses also provide suitable entry points.

2.       At the second year level, 9 required credit hours:

  • LAWS 2510.03 Introduction to Law I and LAWS 2520.03 Introduction to Law II
  • PHIL 2020.03 Legal Thinking
  • + 21 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements

3.       At the third year level students will have 12 required credit hours:

  • POLI 3505.03 Human Rights: Foundations
  • SOSA 3285.03 Sociology of Law
  • HIST 3226.03 Law & Justice in Canadian Society to 1890, OR
    HIST 3227.03 Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment, 1890 to the Present
  • LJSO 3000.03 The Processes of Justice
  • + 18 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements

4.       At the fourth year level, 3 required credit hours:

  • LJSO 4000.03 Honours Seminar in Law, Justice and Society (Consult Coordinator)

  • + 27 credit hours in electives and/or other degree requirements
5. Other Requirements:
  • + 9 credit hours selected from the list A electives, including 6 beyond the 2000 level
  • + an additional 21-33 additional credits may be taken, drawn from either the List A electives or the list B electives  

NOTE: at least 6 credit hours of electives must be at the 4000 level 

B.A. with Combined Honours in Law, Justice and Society (Emphasis in LJSO)

66 to 84 credit hours above 1000 Level in both Honours subjects (24 credit hours covered by LJSO core courses), not more than 48 credit hours nor fewer than 30 credit hours in either of them. Grade must be “C” or better, otherwise, course will not count toward degree.

1. For their first year, students are encouraged to select from existing introductory courses across the arts and social sciences, with recommendations for 3-6 credit hours of introductory offerings in each of political science, sociology and social anthropology, philosophy, and history, making sure that 6 credit hours are taken in a course that satisfies the Writing Requirement (WR).

e.g.,      

  • PHIL 1000xy.06 or PHIL 1010xy.06 (WR)
  • POLI 1050.03 and 1055.03 or POLI 1060.03 and 1065.03 or POLI 1103xy.06 (WR)
  • SOSA 1002.03 and SOSA 1003.03 or POLI/SOSA 1500.06
  • 3-6 credit hours of HIST courses [e.g., HIST 1020.03 and 1021.03;  HIST 1022.03 and 1023.03 (WR); HIST 1510.06 (WR); HIST 1910.03 and 1911.03]

+ an elective that satisfies the language or science requirements

King’s Foundation Year Program and the DalCAP combination of courses also provide suitable entry points.

2.   At the second year level, 9 required credit hours:

  • LAWS 2510.03 Introduction to Law I and LAWS 2520.03 Introduction to Law II
  • PHIL 2020.03 Legal Thinking
  • + 21 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd honours subject

3. At the third year level students will have 12 required credit hours:

  • POLI 3505.03 Human Rights: Foundations
  • SOSA 3285.03 Sociology of Law
  • HIST 3226.03 Law & Justice in Canadian Society to 1890, OR
    HIST 3227.03 Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment, 1890 to the Present
  • LJSO 3000.03 The Processes of Justice
  • + 18 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd honours subject

4.  At the fourth year level, 3 required credit hours:

  • LJSO 4000.03 Honours Seminar in Law, Justice and Society (only required for emphasis in LJSO)

  • + 27 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd honours subject
5. Other Requirements
  • + 6 credit hours (emphasis in LJSO) or 9 credit hours from list A of approved electives, including 6 beyond the 2000 level
  • + up to 18 additional credit hours may be taken, drawn from either the list A electives or list B  electives .
  • For emphasis in LJSO at least 6 credit hours of electives must be at the 4000 level.

B.A. with Combined Honours with Emphasis in a Subject other than Law, Justice and Society

66 to 84 credit hours above 1000 Level in both Honours subjects (21 credit hours covered by LJSO core classes), not more than 48 credit hours nor fewer than 30 credit hours in either of them. Grade must be “C” or better, otherwise, course will not count toward degree.

1.  For their first year, students are encouraged to select from existing introductory courses across the arts and social sciences, with recommendations for 3-6 credit hours of introductory offerings in each of political science, sociology and social anthropology, philosophy, and history, making sure that 6 credit hours are taken in a course that satisfies the Writing Requirement (WR).

e.g.,      

  • PHIL 1000xy.06 or PHIL 1010xy.06 (WR)
  • POLI 1050.03 and 1055.03 or POLI 1060.03 and 1065.03 or POLI 1103xy.06 (WR)
  • SOSA 1002.03 and SOSA 1003.03 or POLI/SOSA 1500.06
  • 3-6 credit hours of HIST courses [e.g., HIST 1020.03 and 1021.03;  HIST 1022.03 and 1023.03 (WR); HIST 1510.06 (WR); HIST 1910.03 and 1911.03]

+ an elective that satisfies the language or science requirements

King’s Foundation Year Program and the DalCAP combination of courses also provide suitable entry points.

2.  At the second year level, 9 required credit hours:

  • LAWS 2510.03 Introduction to Law I and LAWS 2520.03 Introduction to Law II
  • PHIL 2020.03 Legal Thinking
  • + 21 credit hours electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd honours subject

3.  At the third year level students will have 12 required credit hours:

  • POLI 3505.03 Human Rights: Foundations
  • SOSA 3285.03 Sociology of Law
  • HIST 3226.03 Law & Justice in Canadian Society to 1890, OR
    HIST 3227.03 Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment, 1890 to the Present
  • LJSO 3000.03 The Processes of Justice
  • + 18 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd honours subject

4.       At the fourth year level:

  • + 30 credit hours in electives, other degree requirements and/or courses for 2nd honours subject
5. Other Requirements:

NOTE: at least 6 credit hours of electives must be taken at the 4000 level

Minor in Law, Justice and Society

  • LAWS 2510.03 Introduction to Law I and LAWS 2520.03 Introduction to Law II
  • 18 credit hours from the approved Core Legal Studies courses, including at least three credit hours from your choice of three different disciplines (e.g., History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Contemporary Studies, or International Development Studies).

 

Course Options - Major and Honours

Required Core Courses

  • LAWS 2510.03: Introduction to Law I
  • LAWS 2520.03: Introduction to Law II
  • PHIL 2020.03: Legal Thinking
  • POLI 3505.03: Human Rights: Foundations
  • SOSA 3285.03: Sociology of Law
  • HIST 3226.03 Law + Justice in Can. to 1890 or
    HIST 3227.03L Criminal Law…1890-pres.
  • LJSO 3000.03: The Processes of Justice
  • LJSO 4000.03: Honours Seminar 

List A: Core Legal Studies Courses

(in most instances, 9 credit hours required, with 6 of them above 2000-level)
(all are 3 credit-hour classes)

  • CLAS/PHIL/POLI 3434: The Ancient Origins of Political Thought: From Homer to Aristotle
  • HIST 2715: A Global History of Incarceration
  • HIST 3101: Punishment, Crime and the Courts in Early Modern England
  • HIST 3226: Law and Justice in Canada to 1890
    or
    HIST 3227: Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment in Canadian Society, 1890-present
  • HIST 4004: Crime and Society in Post-Conquest England   
  • HIST 4401: State Violence, Communal Conflict and Criminality in Modern South Africa
  • HIST 4404: Crime and Punishment In Mod. Africa
  • PHIL 2475: Justice in Global Perspective
  • PHIL 3211: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 3476: Liberalism and Global Justice
  • POLI 3206: Constitutional Issues in Can. Politics
  • POLI 3378: US Constitutional Government & Politics
  • POLI 3426: Sex and the State 
  • POLI 4303: Hum. Rights—Political Issues
  • POLI 4403: Hum. Rights—Philosophical Issues
  • POLI 4505: Human Rights Legal Issues
  • SOSA 2181: Explaining Crime and Criminal Behaviour
  • SOSA 2182: Exploring Crime and Criminal Behaviour
  • SOSA 3148: Drugs, Health and Society
  • SOSA 3225: Culture, Rights and Power
  • SOSA 3260: Deviance and Society
  • SOSA 3275: Crime and Public Policy
  • SOSA 3281: Youth Crime
  • SOSA 3283: Globalized Security and Justice
  • SOSA 3295: Society and Police

List B: Optional Elective Courses

(optional, additional electives; or take additional List A electives)
(all are 3 credit-hour classes, unless otherwise indicated)

  • CLAS 2365: Plato & the case of Socrates
  • COMM 2603: Legal Aspects of Business
    ** for commerce students only**
  • CTMP 2203/HSTC 2206: Bio-Politics: Human Nature in Contemporary Thought
  • CTMP 3121: Genocide: Contemp. Perspectives
  • CTMP 3321: Representations of the Holocaust I    
  • CTMP 3322: Representations of the Holocaust II
  • CTMP4125: Hannaah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought
  • ECON 2212: Law and Economics
  • ECON 4360: Ethics, Justice and Economics
  • EMSP 2480/HIST 2750: The Pirate and Piracy
  • EMSP 3430: Theories of Punishment: Retribution and Social Control in Early Modern Thought
  • ENVS 3200.06: Introduction to Environmental Law
  • HIST 2006: The Atlantic World, 1450-1650
  • HIST 2007: The Atlantic World, 1650-1800
  • HIST 2325: Rise and Fall of the Slave-Holding Republic  
  • HIST 3051.06: Fascist and National Socialist Movements in Europe
  • HIST 3056 : The Holocaust  
  • INTD 4006: Global Poverty and Human Rights
  • LJSO 4000: Honours Seminar in Law, Justice and Society
  • MGMT 2200:Fundamentals of the Legal Environment of Management
    ** for management students only (on-line delivery) **
  • PHIL 2450: Democracy, Difference, Citizenship
  • PHIL 2490: Computer Science
  • PHIL 3106: Animal Ethics
  • PHIL 4470: Contemp. Liberalism & Democracy
  • POLI 2210: Unity and Diversity
  • POLI 2215: Canadian Aboriginal Politics
  • POLI 2220: Structures of Cdn Parl/ Go
  • POLI 2350: Governance and Globalization
  • POLI 2520: World Politics   
  • POLI 3208: Cdn. Provincial Politics  
  • POLI 3385: Politics of the Environment   
  • POLI 3440: The Politics of Fear
  • POLI 3521: The UN in World Politics  
  • POLI 3567: International Organizations  
  • POLI 3581: Diplomacy and Negotiations
  • POLI 4240: Policy Formulation in Canada
  • POLI 4390: NGOs & Government Services   
  • POLI 4481: Theories of Violence
  • SOSA: 2041: Describing Social Inequality   
  • SOSA 2042: Explaining Social Inequality  
  • SOSA 3031: Social Problems and Social Policy
  • SOSA 3190: Social Movements
  • SOSA 3225: Culture, Rights and Power
  • SUST 4125: Conflict Negotiation and Sustainability

 

Course Options - Minors

Required Courses - Minor

  • LAWS 2510.03: Introduction to Law 1
  • LAWS 2520.03: Introduction to Law II

Optional Elective Courses - Minor

Take 18 credit hours from the approved list below, including at least three credit hours from your choice of three different disciplines (ie, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, contemporary studies, or international development studies)

  • CTMP 3121.03: Genocide: Contemporary Perspectives
  • CTMP 3321.03: Representations of the Holocaust I
  • CTMP 3322.03: Representations of the Holocaust II
  • CTMP 4125.03: Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought
  • ENVS 3200: Introduction to Environmental Law
  • HIST 2006.03: The Atlantic World 1450-1650
  • HIST 2007.03: The Atlantic World 1650-1800
  • HIST 2221.03: Rough Justice - to the 1890s
  • HIST 2222.03: Rough Justice - 1890s to the Present
  • HIST 2325.03: The Rise and Fall of the Slave - Holding Republic
  • HIST 3101.03: Punishment, Crime and the Courts in Early Modern England
  • HIST 3223.03: The Caring Society? Welfare in Canada Since 1950
  • HIST 3226.03: Law and Justice in Canadian Society, to 1890
  • HIST 3227.03: Criminal Law, Crime and Punishment in Canadian Society, 1890 - present
  • HIST 3051: Fascist and National Socialist Movements in Europe
  • HIST 3056.03: The Holocaust
  • HIST 4004.03: Crime and Society in Post-Conquest England
  • HIST 4255.03: Justice, Freedom and the State in 20th Century Canada
  • HIST 4404.03: Crime and Punishment in Modern Africa
  • INTD 4006.03: Global Poverty and Human Rights
  • PHIL 2020.03: Legal Thinking
  • PHIL 2450.03: Democracy, Difference and Citizenship
  • PHIL 2475.03: Justice in Global Perspective
  • PHIL 2490.03: Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computer Science
  • PHIL 3211.03: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 4470.03: Contemporary Liberalism and Democracy
  • POLI 2210.03: Unity and Diversity: Dynamics of Canadian Federalism
  • POLI 2220.03: Political Power and Partisan Politics
  • POLI 2350.03: Governance & Globalization
  • POLI 2520.03: World Politics
  • POLI 3206.03: Constitutional Issues in Canadian Politics
  • POLI 3208.03: Canadian Provincial Policies
  • POLI 3426.03/GWST 3426.03: Sex and the State*
  • POLI 3440.03: The Politics of Fear
  • POLI 3505.03: Human Rights: Foundations
  • POLI 3531.03: The UN in World Politics
  • POLI 3567.03: International Organizations
  • POLI 3581.03: Diplomacy and Negotiations
  • POLI 3385.03: Politics of the Environment
  • POLI 4240.03: Policy Formation in Canada
  • POLI 4303.03: Human Rights: Political Issues
  • POLI 4403.03: Human Rights: Philosophical Issues
  • POLI 4481.03: Theories of Violence, Persecution and Genocide
  • PSYO 3224.03: Forensic Psychology
  • PSYO 4000.03: Senior Seminar (on a forensic topic)
  • SOSA 2041.03: Describing Social Inequality
  • SOSA 2042.03: Explaining Social Inequality
  • SOSA 2181.03: Explaining Crime and Criminal Behavior
  • SOSA 2182.03: Exploring Crime and Criminal Behaviour
  • SOSA 3031.03: Social Problems and Social Policy
  • SOSA 3225.03: Culture, Rights, Power
  • SOSA 3275.03: Crime and Public Policy
  • SOSA 3281.03: Youth Crime
  • SOSA 3283.03: Globalized Security and Justice
  • SOSA 3285.03: Sociology of Law
  • SOSA 3295.03: Society and the Police