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Course Title : Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College Preparation, (CLU3M)
Course Name : Understanding Canadian Law
Course Code : CLU3M
Grade : 11
Course Type : University/College Preparation
Credit Value : 1.0
Prerequisite : Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 11, Academic or Applied
Curriculum Policy Document: Canadian and World Studies, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2015 (Revised)

Course Developer:

USCA Academy

Department:

Canadian and World Studies

Development Date:

March 2020

Course Description

This 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 laws 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.

 

Overall Curriculum Expectations

The course has five strands. Instruction and learning related to the expectations in strand A are to be interwoven with instruction and learning related to expectations from the other four strands. Strand A must not be seen as independent of the other strands. Student achievement of the expectations in strand A is to be assessed and evaluated throughout the course.

A1. The Inquiry Process in Legal Studies: use the legal studies inquiry process and the concepts of legal thinking when investigating law and legal issues

A2. Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through the study of law, and identify careers in which a background in law might be an asset.

B1. Legal Principles: explain the role and importance of law and the fundamental principles of justice in Canada.

B2. Legal Heritage: demonstrate an understanding of early laws and legal systems and their relationship to the Canadian legal system.

B3. Legal Roles and Responsibilities: analyze the role and function of individuals, groups, and governments in Canadian law.

B4. Development of Law: analyze and describe how various social, scientific, and technological factors have influenced and continue to influence the development of Canadian law.

C1. Human Rights: explain the legal significance of the Canadian Bill of Right, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

C2. Development of Human Rights Law: analyse how various factors have influenced and continue to influence the development of human rights law in Ontario and Canada.

C3. Protecting Rights and Freedoms: analyse the relationship between the formal, legal recognition of rights and freedoms in Canada and how those rights are interpreted and protected in practice.

C4. Legal Limitations of Human Rights: analyse situations in which it may be appropriate to limit rights and freedoms in Canada and explain the arguments for and against such limitations.

D1. Introduction to Tort Law: analyse the legal foundations of tort law; the factors influencing its development; and the role of individuals, governments, and courts in its processes.

D2. Introduction to Family Law: analyse the legal foundations of family law; the factors influencing its development; and the role of individuals, governments, and courts in its processes.

D3. Introduction to Employment Law: analyse the legal foundations of employment law; the factors influencing its development; and the roles of individuals, governments and courts in its processes.

D4. Introduction to Contract Law: analyse the legal foundations of contract law; the factors influencing its development; and the roles of individuals, groups, and the courts in its processes.

E1. Foundations of Criminal Law: explain the foundational concepts of criminal law and their legal significance.

E2. Legal Processes and Procedures: describe the structures and key roles and processes of the Canadian criminal justice system and explain key interrelationships among them.

E3. Criminal Justice System: assess the ability of the Canadian criminal justice system to provide.

Outline of Course Content

Unit

Titles and Descriptions

Time

Unit 1

Legal Foundations

In this unit, students will think about why society requires laws, the different divisions of law within our legal system, and how law has developed through Canadian history, and the various changes that have resulted from social and cultural factors.

21 hours

Unit 2

Rights and Freedoms

 In this unit, students will learn about the legal definition of human rights and how this definition has changed and developed throughout history. Students will also learn about the protections and limitations provided under Canadian law and develop informed opinions about their own rights.

24 hours

Unit 3

Criminal Law

 In this unit, students will learn about criminal law and its significance in Canadian law and society as a whole. They will learn about the processes of the criminal justice system and think critically about the punishments handed down by the court system. They will think critically and develop opinions about justice and Canadian criminal law.

24 hours

Unit 4

Civil Law

 In this unit, students will learn about civil law and the factors that differentiate it from criminal law. They will learn about the functions and processes of family, labour, and contract law, and how the Canadian legal system regulates the law in more personal cases.

24 hours

Unit 5

Culminating Essay

The overall goal of this unit is for students to bring together their skills and knowledge learned throughout this course to write a well-argued, MLA-style, academic essay on an individually-selected topic through independent research. Students will choose their own topic and form their thesis and form their arguments based on the content of this course. They are encouraged to consider the historical, cultural, political, and sociological contexts of their issue while maintaining a legal perspective.

Final Exam

14 hours

3 hours

 

Total

110 hours

Assessment Plan
CLU3M

POC O/F/A
P = Product O = Assessment OF Learning
O = Observation F = Assessment FOR Learning
C = Conversation A = Assessment AS Learning

Unit number

Assessment

O/F/A

Expectations

POC

K

25%

T

25%

C

25%

A

25%

Term Work 70%

1.

News Report Assignment

O

A1.1,B1.1, B1.2, B3.1

P

25

25

25

25

 

Unit 1 Test

O

B1.1, B2.1, B2.2, B3.1

P

25

25

25

25

 

Total

     

50

50

50

150

                 

2.

Group Discussion

F

 

O/C

       
 

Rights and Freedoms Assignment

O

C1.1, C1.2, C2.1

P

25

25

25

25

 

Unit 2 Test

O

A1.1, A2.2,C1.1,C1.3, C2.1, C2.2

P

25

25

25

25

 

Total

     

50

50

50

50

                 

3.

 Criminal Law Assignment

O/F/A

E2.1, E2.2, E3.2

P

25

25

25

25

 

Unit 3 Test

O

E1.1, E2.1,E3.2, E4.3

P

25

25

25

25

 

Total

     

50

50

50

50

                 

4.

Civil Law Assignment

O/F/A

D1.1, D3,.2, D4.1

P

25

25

25

25

 

Unit 4 Test

O

D1.1, D2.1, D3.3, D4.2

P

25

25

25

25

         

50

50

50

50

5.

Review Discussion

F/A

All strands

O/C

       
 

Cumulative Essay (15%)

Final Exam (15%)

Observation/Conversation

O

O

A 1., A1.2, A1.3, A1.6


A,B,C,D,E-all strands

P

P/O/C

25

25

5

25

25

5

25

25

5

25

25

5

 

Total

     

55

55

55

55

                 

Total Marks (Assessment of Learning only)

255

255

255

255

     

Category Weighting

25%

25%

25%

25%

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A well-planned instructional program should always be at the student’s level, but it should also push the student towards his or her optimal level of challenge for learning, while providing the support and anticipating and directly teaching the skills that are required for success.

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Instruction in Grade 11 and 12 Canadian and world studies should help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need in order to achieve the curriculum expectations and to be able to think critically throughout their lives about issues related to economics, geography, history, law, and politics. Effective instruction motivates students and instils positive habits of mind, such as curiosity and open-mindedness; a willingness to think, question, challenge, and be challenged; and an awareness of the value of listening or reading closely and communicating clearly. To be effective, instruction must be based on the belief that all students can be successful and that learning in Canadian and world studies is important and valuable for all students.

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The assessment will be based on the following processes that take place in the classroom:

Assessment FOR Learning

Assessment AS Learning

Assessment OF Learning

During this process the teacher seeks information from the students in order to decide where the learners are and where they need to go.

During this process the teacher fosters the capacity of the students and establishes individual goals for success with each one of them.

During this process the teacher reports student’s results in accordance to established criteria to inform how well students are learning.

Conversation

Conversation

Conversation

Classroom discussion Self-evaluation

Peer assessment

 Classroom discussion Small group discussion Post-lab conferences  Presentations of research Debates

Observation

Observation Observation

Drama workshops (taking direction)

Steps in problem solving

 Group discussions

Presentations

Group Presentations

Student Products

Student Products

Student Products

Reflection journals (to be kept throughout the duration of the course)

Check Lists

Success Criteria

Practice sheets Socrative quizzes

Projects

Poster presentations Tests

In Class Presentations

Tools of varying complexity are used by the teacher to facilitate this. For the more complex evaluations, the criteria are incorporated into a rubric where levels of performance for each criterion are stated in language that can be understood by students.

Strategy

Purpose

Who

Assessment Tool

Self Assessment Quizzes

Diagnostic

Self/Teacher

Marking scheme

Homework check

Diagnostic

Self/Teacher

Checklist

Teacher/Student Conferencing

Assessment

Self/Teacher

Anecdotal records

Investigations

Assessment

Self/Teacher

Checklist

Problem Solving

Evaluation

Teacher

Marking scheme

Unit Tests

Evaluation

Teacher

Marking scheme

Final Exam

Evaluation

Teacher

Checklist

Assessment is embedded within the instructional process throughout each unit rather than being an isolated event at the end. Often, the learning and assessment tasks are the same, with formative assessment provided throughout the unit. In every case, the desired demonstration of learning is articulated clearly and the learning activity is planned to make that demonstration possible. This process of beginning with the end in mind helps to keep focus on the expectations of the course as stated in the course guideline. The evaluations are expressed as a percentage based upon the levels of achievement.

The evaluation of this course is based on the four Ministry of Education achievement categories of knowledge and understanding (25%), thinking (25%), communication (25%), and application (25%). . The evaluation for this course is based on the student's achievement of curriculum expectations and the demonstrated skills required for effective learning. The percentage grade represents the quality of the student's overall achievement of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline. A credit is granted and recorded for this course if the student's grade is 50% or higher. The final grade for this course will be determined as follows:

  • 70% of the grade will be based upon evaluations conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade will reflect the student's most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration will be given to more recent evidence of achievement.
  • 30% of the grade will be based on final summative evaluation administered at or towards the end of the course. This evaluation will be based on evidence from one or a combination of the following: an examination, a performance, an essay, and/or another method of evaluation suitable to the course content. The final evaluation allows the student an opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the overall expectations for the course.

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