Glenview Park Secondary School



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Glenview Park Secondary School
55 McKay Street, Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 4G6 (519) 621-9510
www.gps.wrdsb.ca


Course Outline: Grade 12 Canadian & International Law CLN4UI


Semester: 2


Block: B

Room: A212

Office: A207

Teacher: Mr. Scheele

Teacher Contact Information:

519 621 9510x5060



Course/Teacher Website:

teachers.wrdsb.ca/scheelt





Course Description:


This course explores a range of contemporary legal issues and how they are addressed in both Canadian and international law. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of Canadian and international law and of issues related to human rights and freedoms, conflict resolution, and criminal, environmental, and workplace law, both in Canada and internationally. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process, and will develop legal reasoning skills, when investigating these and other issues in both Canadian and international contexts.

Required Learning: Big Ideas


By the end of the course students will be demonstrating knowledge of..


  • Legal Foundations: Law is based on principles derived from beliefs about how a just society should function, it changes over time in response to a variety of factors, including social values, technological advances, and political trends. Laws are socially constructed – that is, individuals, groups, and governments influence the development of law

  • Rights and Freedoms: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms reflects Canadian human rights principles. The belief in the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada and the world has developed gradually through the efforts of individuals and groups. Different branches of government work alongside each other in developing, interpreting, and enforcing human rights legislation. Human rights are sometimes limited and/or threatened in Canada and around the world.

  • Foundations of International Law and Dispute Resolution: Different legal principles are sometimes in competition in international law. Changes in international law reflect ideological and social shifts, historical events, political agendas, economic realities, and current priorities. International agreements can limit the freedom of action of states. Many international agreements are intended to promote stability in international relations.

  • International Legal Issues: International criminal law is designed to prevent serious atrocities and to prosecute individuals who have committed such atrocities, including war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. Influential states lobby for or against international environmental legislation, depending on their beliefs and interests. Employment law attempts to balance the rights of business owners and workers. There can be both advantages and disadvantages for countries participating in international agreements

  • Analysing issues and managing conflict through the application of legal reasoning


Unit Organization:


This course is organized into 4 units of study. The units are:



  • Unit 1: Legal Foundations

  • Unit 2: Rights and Freedoms

  • Unit 3: Foundations of International Law and Dispute Resolution

  • Unit 4: International Legal Issues

  • Unit 5: Independent Study Unit


Evidence of Learning


Unit Title / Description

Essential Questions to be Explored

Critical Evidence of Learning

Unit 1: Legal Foundations:

Principles of Law: foundational concepts and principles of our laws

Legal Theory & Procedures: various legal theories and procedures influences on Canadian and International legal systems

Development of Law: influences of individuals and groups on legal development


What are some key influences on the development of law?

How do beliefs in Canadian society about the rule of law, democracy, and an independent judiciary influence the legislative process?

What is the difference between domestic and international law?

How do different types of law affect you in your everyday life?

Who has the power to make and influence legal decisions





  • Unit Test

  • Presentation of a legal philosophy

  • Written submissions

  • Quizzes

Unit 2: Rights and Freedoms:

Legal Principles of Human rights Law: the underlying principles of human rights law in Canada and internationally

Development of Human Rights Law: issues associated with the development of human rights law

Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms: roles of legislative and judicial branches of the government in particular Canada

Contemporary Issues: analysed in relation to their impact on human rights law

What are human rights? Are they the same in all countries?
How does the law balance competing human rights?
What are some barriers to the achievement of human rights?
Do the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international conventions effectively protect people’s rights?
How can we use the law to respond to rights abuses?



  • Unit Test

  • Case Studies

  • Written legal briefs

  • Quizzes

  • Mock trial written legal brief




Unit 3: International Law and Dispute Resolution:

Fundamentals of International Law: legal importance of key principles and issues

Development of International Law: influences on development of international law

Conflict and Cooperation: agreements, treaties and conventions and their influence on conflict and cooperation



Can there ever be a good reason for a nation to refuse to sign a particular international agreement?

What is the role of the United Nations in developing international cooperation? Is Canada a good global citizen in terms of international laws?

Should international protocols be enforced?





  • Unit Test

  • Case Study

  • Mock Trial

  • Quizzes

Unit 4: International Legal Issues:

Criminal Law: legal systems and issues in Canada and internationally

Environmental Protection: effectiveness of domestic and international environmental legislation

Workplace legal issues: systems and processes used to protect parties’ interest in the workplace

Emerging Legal Issues: emerging global issues and implications for international law


Why is the International Criminal Court important?
How effective are international agreements and conventions?
Do international laws effectively protect nature?
Do laws related to the workplace benefit workers, company owners, or both?







Unit 5: Inquiry Process in Legal Studies- Students will develop the skills required for legal inquiry including the interpretation of primary source documents, court visits, trial transcripts and secondary sources. Students will also explore career opportunities related to the law course.

  • develop research and writing skills

  • evaluate the credibility of sources

  • demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic nature of law, including the way in which it evolves




  • Article Analyses

  • Final Summative Research Essay

Summative Assessment:





Research Essay

Final Exam

15 % of Final grade

15% OF FINAL GRADE

Course Evaluation


Student work will be evaluated using a balance of the Ministry’s four achievement chart categories: knowledge & understanding, thinking & inquiry, application, and communication.

Throughout the course, teachers will gather evidence of student learning of the Big Ideas through observations, conversations, and student-produced work.

Seventy percent (70%) of the final mark will come from term work, and thirty percent (30%) will come from final evaluations. Report card grades will reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with consideration given to more recent evidence.

To earn this credit, all of the following essential course components must be completed:


Guidelines for Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

1. Learning Skills


The Learning Skills and Work Habits section of the provincial report card is an integral part of a student’s learning. Students will be assessed in the following areas:


  • Responsibility

  • Independent Work

  • Organization

  • Initiative

  • Collaboration

  • Self-Regulation

The following scoring system is used for Learning Skills:

E=Excellent; G=Good; S=Satisfactory; N=Needs Improvement

2. Missing Work


Students are expected to submit all evidence of learning by the assigned date.

  1. The Learning Skills section of the provincial report card will be used to reflect incidents of late and missing work.

  2. At the time of entering a report card grade, students with missing evidence of learning may receive an “I” (“I” = insufficient evidence) on their report card and will not receive a credit (Grades 9 and 10), or may be assigned a failing mark and will not be granted a credit for the course (Grades 11 and 12).



3. Cheating and Plagiarism


Students are expected to submit their own original, best work to demonstrate their learning.

  1. The Learning Skills section of the provincial report card will be used to reflect incidents of cheating and plagiarism.

  2. Students caught cheating on tests or assignments will receive an “I” (“I = insufficient evidence), and will be required to demonstrate their learning through an alternative evaluation.

  3. Students who plagiarize may be required to re-do all or part of the assignment (or evaluation) or complete an alternative assignment (or evaluation). The student’s work may be treated as Missing Work (see above). As well, potential consequences for plagiarizing include disciplinary action (e.g., suspension) and loss of access to academic awards and scholarship opportunities.

Course Specific Items:


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