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1 Law 40S Fort Richmond Collegiate Teacher: Ms Jones Course Outline for

2 Introduction Grade 12 Law focuses on basic legal principles and practices in Canada’s legal system. With a hands-on, activity based approach to learning, this recognized university entrance course discusses major legislation in Canada such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Current event issues, mock trials, controversial debate topics and possible career choices in law and law enforcement are explored. Grade 12 Law focuses on basic legal principles and practices in Canada’s legal system. With a hands-on, activity based approach to learning, this recognized university entrance course discusses major legislation in Canada such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Current event issues, mock trials, controversial debate topics and possible career choices in law and law enforcement are explored.

3 Course Aim The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic elements of law and how our laws are interpreted and applied in the society in which we live. Course study will include: readings, case analysis, class discussions, presentations, note-taking, note-making, field trips and guest speakers. We want you to better understand the law and learn how it can be useful to our every day lives! kI&feature=related The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic elements of law and how our laws are interpreted and applied in the society in which we live. Course study will include: readings, case analysis, class discussions, presentations, note-taking, note-making, field trips and guest speakers. We want you to better understand the law and learn how it can be useful to our every day lives! kI&feature=related kI&feature=related kI&feature=related

4 Why did you take this course? Hearsay Hearsay Friends are taking it Friends are taking it Career path Career path Timetable reasons Timetable reasons “Easy” credit “Easy” credit University entrance credit University entrance credit Interest Interest

5 General Learning Outcomes (GLOs) for the Business & Technology Portfolio of Courses: Students completing any course from the Business and Technology portfolio of courses should be able to demonstrate the following skills upon completion: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – E.g., Effective communication, troubleshooting and engaged learning. Professionalism – E.g., Apply guidelines for ethical and responsible behaviour in the workplace and in the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Maintain a positive attitude; act responsibly and respectfully. Organization of Technology – E.g., Demonstrate and understand the basic functions of technology by successfully managing software specific to this course, operating systems and hardware.

6 Self-Assessment – E.g., Reflect on learning tasks and set personal goals to go beyond established criteria ‘for’, ‘as’ and ‘of’ learning. Teamwork – E.g., Become better prepared to add value to the outcomes of a team assignment or project. Collaborate with peers and staff to become active participants and to excel in the learning process. Creativity and Innovation – E.g., Present attributes of an original form and present it in a new light.

7 GENERAL LEARNING OUTCOMES Students will... Students will... Acquire skills and knowledge that can be applicable and useful in further education and/or in future careers Acquire skills and knowledge that can be applicable and useful in further education and/or in future careers Develop positive work habits, language processing, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking skills Develop positive work habits, language processing, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking skills Develop an understanding of the nature and necessity of law Develop an understanding of the nature and necessity of law Become familiar with the terminology structure and functioning of Criminal Law in Canada Become familiar with the terminology structure and functioning of Criminal Law in Canada Explore the necessity for and extent of rights and liberties as they exist in Canada today Explore the necessity for and extent of rights and liberties as they exist in Canada today Examine the legal concepts related to contract and family law Examine the legal concepts related to contract and family law

8 Specific Learning Outcomes for Law 40S Fundamentals of Law Define law and evaluate its purposes in society Demonstrate an understanding of legal principles Describe how and why laws change and the consequences of such changes on society Distinguish between moral issues and legal terms Describe how and why laws change and the consequences of such changes on society Differentiate between civil and criminal law Demonstrate an understanding of British Common Law and the French Civil Code and its influence on Canada’s legal system Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and jurisdiction of the Canadian court system Demonstrate knowledge of the sources of our laws today Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and jurisdiction of the Canadian court system Describe the processes involved in resolving disputes Demonstrate an understanding of the duties and expectations of courtroom participants Demonstrate an understanding of career opportunities in the field of law Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and jurisdiction of the federal, First Nations, provincial, municipal governments

9 Demonstrate an understanding of the functions that administrative agencies can serve in the justice system Demonstrate an understanding of the duties and expectations of witness, jurors, litigants, court officers, and interpreters use information technology tools to gather, process, and present legal information Use appropriate vocabulary to communicate legal information Analyze the impact of the following on Canadian society: the constitution, in particular the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, human rights legislation Understand the function, reason, and impact of Section 33 (1), the Notwithstanding clause Analyze the impact of Section 2 of the Charter on Canadian Society Analyze the impact of legal rights guaranteed by the Charter on Canadian Society Analyze the impact of Equality Rights guarantee by the Charter on Canadian society Understand how those whose rights have been infringed by government agencies can seek remedies Contrast the legal rights and responsibilities of individuals, groups and organizations in Canadian society Analyze the impact of Human Rights Legislation on Canadian Society

10 Criminal Law Analyze why society criminalizes certain behaviours Analyze what constitutes a crime Understand how changes in society change what society considers criminal behavior Suggest causes of crime in society Distinguish between a civil offence and a crime Distinguish between criminal and quasi-criminal offences Analyze what constitutes a crime and what circumstances can excuse a person from criminal responsibility Recognize that criminal offences can be classified according to type and seriousness of the offence Recognize that criminal offences are classified according to the nature of the offence in the Criminal Code Recognize the significance of the classification of an offence according to the seriousness of the offence Understand that persons other than the principal offender can be charged and convicted of a criminal act Compare the rights of the accused and the state Demonstrate an understanding of criminal procedure Compare the rights of the accused and the police Demonstrate an understanding of criminal procedures before the trial Analyze sentencing considerations Demonstrate an understanding of alternatives to court and the reasons for these alternatives Demonstrate an understanding of how young offenders are dealt with in the justice system and the reasons for doing so

11 What parts of law are you interested in learning? Brainstorm some ideas!!!!

12 Section 1- Defining Law What is law? What is law? How can we classify it? (classifying allows us to know its jurisdiction and therefore punishment!) How can we classify it? (classifying allows us to know its jurisdiction and therefore punishment!) Where did our laws come from? Where did our laws come from? How have they changed? How have they changed? Did you know? type laws. For example… 30% of a radio stations content must be "Canadian Content" Did you know? type laws. For example… 30% of a radio stations content must be "Canadian Content" You may not pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies. Citizens may not publicly remove bandages. You may not pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies. Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.

13 Section 2 – Canadian Rights and Freedoms What are our rights? What are our rights? How do we use them? How do we use them? What do we not know about rights entitled to us? What do we not know about rights entitled to us? Is euthanasia a right? Is euthanasia a right? Rights of the wrongfully convicted Rights of the wrongfully convicted Should Canada adopt Capital Punishment? Should Canada adopt Capital Punishment? Group debate Group debate

14 Section 3 – Criminal Law Types of crimes Types of crimes Involvement in crimes Involvement in crimes Police investigations Police investigations Search and seizures Search and seizures Arrest and detention Arrest and detention Criminal trial process Criminal trial process Physical and Forensic Evidence Physical and Forensic Evidence

15 Section 4 – To be Announced Depends on our time frame and YOUR level of involvement in activities. Depends on our time frame and YOUR level of involvement in activities. Which brings us to our last point! Which brings us to our last point! I have good news and bad news. I have good news and bad news. Good news or bad news first? Good news or bad news first?

16 The Fate of this Class! This class will be what you want it to be. After all, you CHOSE to be here! This class will be what you want it to be. After all, you CHOSE to be here! U decide the dynamic and culture of the class. U decide the dynamic and culture of the class. Do u want it to be note based or activity based? Do u want it to be note based or activity based? The more involved you are, the more you will get out of it, the more fun it will be. The more involved you are, the more you will get out of it, the more fun it will be.

17 Possible Activities Controversial debates Controversial debates CSI analysis CSI analysis Fingerprinting and lifting Fingerprinting and lifting Crime scene simulations Crime scene simulations Arresting Procedures Arresting Procedures Cases studies (almost daily) Cases studies (almost daily) Two field trips Two field trips

18 Actual Case Studies Investigating racy Canadian cases… Greyhound Bus Murder Bertuzzi Derek Harvey-Zenk Investigating racy Canadian cases… Greyhound Bus Murder Bertuzzi Derek Harvey-Zenk Greyhound Bus Murder Bertuzzi Derek Harvey-Zenk Greyhound Bus Murder Bertuzzi Derek Harvey-Zenk

19 Mock Trial You are now lawyers! You are now lawyers! Simulate a real trial procedure Simulate a real trial procedure A real story A real story One-on-one work with real lawyers One-on-one work with real lawyers Develop a case Develop a case Role play in front of a real judge at the law courts downtown on law day. Role play in front of a real judge at the law courts downtown on law day. (Show pictures of previous year)

20 Supplies Needed The following supplies must be brought to each class: The following supplies must be brought to each class: 3 ringed binder and/or a notebook for journal entries, paper, pens, pencils, highlighter. 3 ringed binder and/or a notebook for journal entries, paper, pens, pencils, highlighter. Course textbook (available to you when you need them) Course textbook (available to you when you need them)

21 Assessment/Evaluation Term Work (Assignments, Projects & Tests)70% Term Work (Assignments, Projects & Tests)70% Final Exam 30% Final Exam 30% In addition to being evaluated on curricular outcomes, students will also be assessed on their social and personal development. These will include: In addition to being evaluated on curricular outcomes, students will also be assessed on their social and personal development. These will include: Demonstrates confidence as a learner Demonstrates confidence as a learner Participates actively in learning Participates actively in learning Accepts responsibility for behaviour Accepts responsibility for behaviour Demonstrates respect for property Demonstrates respect for property Demonstrates respect for others Demonstrates respect for others Demonstrates organizational skills Demonstrates organizational skills Works co operatively with others Works co operatively with others Submits complete assignments on time Submits complete assignments on time Formative assessments will be done frequently throughout the course to provide you with the feedback you need to improve your learning; Examples include: worksheets, class activities, case exercises, quizzes, etc. Summative assessments will allow you to demonstrate the skills you have learned; Examples include: unit tests, research essays, final assignments or projects and the final exam Formative assessments will be done frequently throughout the course to provide you with the feedback you need to improve your learning; Examples include: worksheets, class activities, case exercises, quizzes, etc. Summative assessments will allow you to demonstrate the skills you have learned; Examples include: unit tests, research essays, final assignments or projects and the final exam

22 Tests and Projects If you are absent on the day of a test or on the due date of a major project, your absence needs to be excused prior to the beginning of class. The student or parent/guardian must phone the school prior to the test to provide a reason for the student`s absence. Students will not be allowed to write missed tests unless the reasons for the absence(s) are acceptable to school administration. If you are absent on the day of a test or on the due date of a major project, your absence needs to be excused prior to the beginning of class. The student or parent/guardian must phone the school prior to the test to provide a reason for the student`s absence. Students will not be allowed to write missed tests unless the reasons for the absence(s) are acceptable to school administration.

23 Deadlines Students are encouraged to hand in all assignments on time. Any students handing in assignments late will have to submit a late assignment form in order to submit assignments. Students are encouraged to hand in all assignments on time. Any students handing in assignments late will have to submit a late assignment form in order to submit assignments. IF A STUDENT IS ABSENT FROM CLASS, IT IS HIS/HER RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY MISSED AND HAND IN THE APPROPRIATE ASSIGNMENT FOR ASSESSMENT IN A TIMELY MANNER. IF A STUDENT IS ABSENT FROM CLASS, IT IS HIS/HER RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY MISSED AND HAND IN THE APPROPRIATE ASSIGNMENT FOR ASSESSMENT IN A TIMELY MANNER.

24 Plagiarism What is Plagiarism? What is Plagiarism? Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be treated as such in my classroom. We will be discussing key ways to avoid plagiarism during the first few weeks of classes. If u are caught plagiarizing, you will receive a zero on the assignment. You will be referred to administration and you may face a suspension. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be treated as such in my classroom. We will be discussing key ways to avoid plagiarism during the first few weeks of classes. If u are caught plagiarizing, you will receive a zero on the assignment. You will be referred to administration and you may face a suspension. Students will also receive a zero for inappropriate collaboration with a classmate. If a student copies another student`s piece of work, they will both receive a zero. This issue will be discussed further in class. Students will also receive a zero for inappropriate collaboration with a classmate. If a student copies another student`s piece of work, they will both receive a zero. This issue will be discussed further in class.

25 Other Points to Note! ARRIVE ON TIME AND PREPARED !! ARRIVE ON TIME AND PREPARED !! If you arrive late to class you are not to disrupt the class. Please knock on the door and you will be allowed to enter provided it does not disrupt the lesson. Should you miss some instruction, you will be required to find someone to fill you in on the material you missed. You will NOT be allowed entrance past the bell without the teacher admitting you. If you consistently show up late you will be asked to stay after school to meet with the teacher. As per school Policy 4, lates will be equal to 1 absence on a student’s attendance record. Students may be required to make up late classes. If you arrive late to class you are not to disrupt the class. Please knock on the door and you will be allowed to enter provided it does not disrupt the lesson. Should you miss some instruction, you will be required to find someone to fill you in on the material you missed. You will NOT be allowed entrance past the bell without the teacher admitting you. If you consistently show up late you will be asked to stay after school to meet with the teacher. As per school Policy 4, lates will be equal to 1 absence on a student’s attendance record. Students may be required to make up late classes.

26 ABSENCES – ABSENCES – When you miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what you missed, either by talking with the teacher or a classmate, and catching up on any work before the next class. When you miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what you missed, either by talking with the teacher or a classmate, and catching up on any work before the next class.

27 ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT I love my phone. I love my phone. You love your phone. You love your phone. I very much enjoy listening to music. I very much enjoy listening to music. You very much enjoy listening to music. You very much enjoy listening to music. There are however appropriate times to use a phone and listen to music. There are however appropriate times to use a phone and listen to music. Neither of those include when I am talking or teaching a lesson. Neither of those include when I am talking or teaching a lesson. They also do not include when one of your classmates are speaking to the group. They also do not include when one of your classmates are speaking to the group. Therefore it is imperative for you to ENSURE that you use your electronic devices responsibly. Don’t make me take them from you, and we all win. Therefore it is imperative for you to ENSURE that you use your electronic devices responsibly. Don’t make me take them from you, and we all win.

28 HELP! I am available if you need extra help; please see me sooner rather than later. My prep period is in slot 2 and 5 in the Business Ed. Office. I am available if you need extra help; please see me sooner rather than later. My prep period is in slot 2 and 5 in the Business Ed. Office. CONTACT – You and your parents can me if you have any concerns. My address is CONTACT – You and your parents can me if you have any concerns. My address is


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