LAWS 1019 & 1029 ‑ Aboriginal & Indigenous Law in Context

LAWS 1019 & 1029
CREDIT HOURS: 2 (1 per term)

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to both Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Law, and the historical and contemporary context that is fundamental to understanding these areas of law. Aboriginal law refers to “settler law”, that is, the law made by Canadian legislatures and courts that applies to Aboriginal peoples, and embodies all situations where the Aboriginal status of an individual or group may impact the legal outcome, or the process leading to a legal outcome. Indigenous laws and legal traditions (e.g. Mi’kmaq law) comprise the legal orders of specific indigenous communities. Indigenous societies used these laws to govern themselves prior to contact with Europeans and many continue to do so today. Along with the common law and civil law traditions, Indigenous legal orders are, therefore, among Canada’s distinctive founding legal traditions.

Prerequisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Assessment Method:Students taking this course must register in and complete LAWS 1019 & LAWS 1029 in consecutive terms; credit will not be granted if courses are not completed consecutively. Assessment Method: AILC I will be evaluated on the basis of a two-page reflection paper that demonstrates a knowledgeable and thoughtful engagement with the component parts of the experiential learning exercises. The assessment for AILC II will be an in-class group presentation. Both assignments will be graded on a pass/fail scheme, and both must be passed
Restrictions: This course is restricted to JD students or JD Combined Degree students.