Law Studies 12

Curricular Competencies

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
  • Assess the justification for competing accounts after investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence, including data (evidence)
  • Compare and contrast continuities and changes for different groups and individuals at different times and places (continuity and change)
  • Explain different perspectives on past and present people, places, issues, and events, and distinguish between worldviews of the past or present (perspective)
  • Make reasoned ethical judgments about controversial actions in the past or present after considering the context and standards of right and wrong (ethical judgment)

MediaSmarts Resources

Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Development
Bias and Crime in Media
Bias in News Sources
Challenging Hate Online
Cyberbullying and the Law
Digital Skills for Democracy: Assessing online information to make civic choices
Diversity and Media Ownership
Fact Versus Opinion
Finding and Authenticating Online Information on Global Development Issues
First, Do No Harm: Being an Active Witness to Cyberbullying
Hoax? Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion? You Decide!
Individuality vs. Conformity
Online Cultures and Values
Online Propaganda and the Proliferation of Hate
Reality Check: Authentication and Citizenship
Reality Check: News You Can Use
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law
The Citizen Reporter


Students are expected to know the following:

  • the Constitution of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • structures and powers of the federal and provincial courts and administrative tribunals
  • key areas of law such as criminal law, civil law, and family, children’s, and youth law
  • Canadian legislation concerning First Peoples
  • indigenous legal orders and traditional laws in Canada and other global jurisdictions
  • Canada’s correctional system and principles of rehabilitation, punishment, and restoration
  • structures and roles of global dispute resolution agencies and courts

MediaSmarts Resources

Crime in the News
Crime Perceptions Quiz
Cyberbullying and the Law
Forensic Science Crime Dramas
Online Relationships: Respect and Consent
Privacy Rights of Children and Teens
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law
There’s No Excuse: Confronting Moral Disengagement in Sexting
What Students Need to Know about Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy