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Course Code: CLN4U

Course Name: Grade 12, Canadian and International Law, University Preparation

Prerequisite:Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
Text: Dimensions of Law

Replacement cost: $80.00

Course Description:

This course examines elements of Canadian and international law in social,political, and global contexts. Students will study the historical and philosophical sources of law and the principles and practices of international law and will learn to relate them to issues in Canadian society and the wider world. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to analyse legal issues, conduct independent research, and present the results of their inquiries in a variety of ways.

Overall Course Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • explain the historical and philosophical origins of law and their connection and relevance to contemporary society;

  • describe the historical development of human rights legislation in Canada;

  • explain the development of constitutional law in Canada;

  • analyse theories about criminal conduct and the nature of criminal behaviour; explain what constitutes a crime in Canadian law;

  • evaluate the effectiveness of governments, courts, and individual and collective action in protecting the environment;

  • use appropriate research methods to gather, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information;

Formative assessments are learning practices that provide important feedback to student progress. Summative assessments form the foundation for final mark allocation at the end of a unit, term and exam. Please note that all assessments are subject to change in order to best reflect the learning styles of each class and to respond to significant events that might impact Canada and Canadians.

Summative Assessment Breakdown


Examples of Summative Types

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Presentations, written work…


ISU Essay (Independent Research Unit)

5 phase, structured research project





Unit Breakdown

Summative Assessments

1. Heritage

  • evaluate different concepts, principles, philosophies, and theories of law;

  • describe the relationship between law and societal values;

  • assess the influence of individual and collective action on the evolution of law.

Portfolio which may include the following elements :

Research assignment, Written reflection, organizer, presentation, etc.

2. Rights and Freedoms

  • explain the rights and responsibilities of individuals under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;

  • explain the roles of the legislature and the judiciary in defining, interpreting, and enforcing Charter rights in Canada;

  • analyse the conflicts between minority and majority rights and responsibilities in a democratic society, and examine the methods available to resolve these conflicts.

Mind map,

Primary source analysis

Unit test

3. Criminal Law and Procedures

  • analyse the Canadian criminal trial process;

  • compare the competing concepts of justice as they apply to the criminal justice system.

Draft essay

Note taking assignment

Unit test

4. Regulation and Dispute Resolution

  • analyse the legal process, legal systems, and sanctions used to protect the rights of the employer and the employee in the workplace;

  • explain the major concepts, principles, and purposes of international law;

  • evaluate the effectiveness of international laws, treaties, and agreements in resolving conflicts of a global nature;

  • explain the factors that make framing, interpreting, and enforcing law on a global scale a complex and difficult process.

Statistical Analysis

Research final essay

Unit test

5. Methods of Legal Inquiry and Communication

  • apply the steps in the process of legal interpretation and analysis;

  • explain, discuss, and interpret legal issues using a variety of formats and forms of communication.

Seminar presentation/ Essay

Audio-Visual Curriculum Delivery
Any Social Science curriculum has multi-media instruction as part of the delivery process. Peel District School Board Policy requires parental permission for any media rated 14A-18A by the Ontario Film Board, regardless of the age of the student. By signing this course outline, parents acknowledge that material up to and including 18A may be shown in the classroom. If you have any specific concerns, contact the individual teacher.

Clarkson S.S. Assessment & Evaluation Policy

Students are expected to demonstrate HONESTY and integrity and submit assessments that are reflective of their own work. Cheating is defined as completing an assessment in a dishonest way through improper access to the answers. Examples include, but are not limited to; using another student’s work as your own, using an unauthorized reference sheet during an assessment, receiving / sending an electronic message to another student with test questions / answers, etc.

In order to ensure that all assessments are free from cheating:

Students will:

  • review school policy with regards to academic honesty

  • submit their own work for evaluation to show evidence of skill and knowledge

  • use only teacher approved materials during an evaluation

  • demonstrate the qualities of good character and good intention (honesty, caring, respectful, responsibility,)when preparing evidence of their learning.

If a student cheats on an assessment:

Students may be:

  • required to complete an alternate evaluation under direct supervision in a timely manner

  • required to write a reflective piece which demonstrates an understanding of the character attribute of honesty.

  • assigned a mark deduction

  • referred to a vice-principal

  • assigned a zero

Students are expected to demonstrate HONESTY and use proper citations and referencing when completing assessments.

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work. Examples include, but are not limited to; copying another’s project (portions or whole) and paraphrasing parts of a book or article without reference or citation.

In order to ensure that all assessments are free from plagiarism:

Students will:

  • Be required to complete a workshop in correct documentation

  • produce their own work

  • give credit through appropriate citations and referencing when quoting or paraphrasing the work of others

  • be diligent in maintaining and protecting their own work

  • seek clarification or assistance from teachers or other available resources

If an assessment is plagiarized:

Students may be:

  • required to rewrite or resubmit all or parts of the assignment

  • referred for remedial lessons on proper citation and references

  • required to do a reflection on the character attribute of honesty

  • referred to a vice-principal

  • required to sign a contract with the administration and teacher about commitment to academic honesty

  • assigned a zero.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS – assignments submitted after the due date and before the absolute deadline.
Students are expected to demonstrate RESPONSIBILITY and submit all assessments by the established due date. Students are responsible for providing evidence of their achievement of the overall course expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher and in a form approved by the teacher. There are consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation or for submitting those assignments late.
In order to ensure that all evaluations are submitted by the established due date:

Students will:

  • record due dates in personal organizers

  • consider other commitments including co-curricular activities in planning assignment completion

  • negotiate alternate due date well before due date, not last minute (a minimum of 24 hours in advance or at teachers discretion)

  • find out what they missed during absences

  • use school support systems (i.e. special education, counselors, extra help, …)


If an evaluation is submitted after the due date:

Students :

  • must notify the teacher and explain why the assignment was not submitted on the due date – in grades 9 & 10 a note from a parent/guardian may be required

  • marks may be deducted for late assignments

  • may be required to complete the assignment with supervision

  • may be referred to a school based support team or a vice-principal

  • may be placed on a contract for assignment completion

MISSED ASSIGNMENTS – assignments either not submitted or submitted after the absolute deadline

In order to ensure that all evaluations are submitted:

Students will:

  • be responsible for meeting and knowing absolute deadlines for missed assignments

  • use personal organizers to manage time and meet deadlines

  • be responsible for maintaining on- going communication with their teacher

  • take responsibility for missed work during all absences


If an evaluation is submitted after the absolute deadline:


  • must notify the teacher and explainwhy the assignment was not submitted

  • students may be asked to provide a note from a parent/guardian

  • may be required to complete the assignment or an alternate assignment under supervision

  • may be referred to a school based support team or a vice-principal

  • may be placed on a contract for assignment completion

  • may be involved in an action plan to complete the required assignment within a given time frame

  • may be assigned a zero.

Student/Parent Acknowledgement
Please complete and return to your child/ward’s teacher this section to indicate that you have been made aware by your child/ward of the basic academic and behavioural expectations of this course department and school.
To ensure regular and efficient communication between yourself and the course teacher, please provide a current phone number and email address so that you may be made aware of any concerns regarding the academic success of your ward/child.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact _____________________ at ______________________. .

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Student Name(Print) Student Signature:

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Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Name (Print) Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Signature(s)

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