Law 30 (Grade 12)

Foundations of Law

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-FL1 Evaluate the purposes and functions of law in societies.

Specific Expectations:

d. Identify examples of ways in which law is a part of everyday life in Canada.

g. Investigate factors (e.g.,  religion, customs, philosophy, treaties, The Constitution [including The Charter of Rights and Freedoms], written statutes and court decisions) that influence Canada’s legal system.

j. Debate criteria for just laws and systems of justice and apply to scenarios and case studies.

MediaSmarts Resources

A Day in the Life of the Jos (Licensed Resource)
Cop Shows
Crime in the News
Cyberbullying and the Law
Forensic Science Crime Dramas
Hate 2.0
Hate or Debate
Shaking the Movers: Youth Rights and Media
Privacy Rights of Children and Teens
Remixing Media
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law
There’s No Excuse: Confronting Moral Disengagement in Sexting
Tobacco Labels
Up, Up and Away? (TM)
Where’s The Line? Online Safety Lesson Plan for School Resource Officers
  

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-FL2 Analyze how and why laws change over time.

Specific Expectations:

a. Examine factors that can influence the creation of new laws.

b. Summarize the process of how new laws are created in Canada at the local, provincial and/or federal levels.

d. Examine how Canadian laws can change as a result of shifting societal and cultural values and advances in technology (e.g., slavery, capital punishment, reproductive technologies, abortion, euthanasia, controlled substances and the right to vote)

k. Predict possible changes to Canadian laws based on emerging issues and support these predictions.

MediaSmarts Resources

Cyberbullying and the Law
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law

Overall Expectations:

AW30-FL3 Assess the importance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Canadians.

Specific Expectations:

b. Evaluate how the Charter attempts to seek balance between the rights of the individual versus those of society and apply to specific scenarios and case studies.

g. Assess scenarios and case studies that illustrate how courts interpret laws in light of the Charter to shape and inform current laws. 

MediaSmarts Resources

Free Speech and the Internet
Hate or Debate
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law

 

Criminal Law

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-CR1Investigate the elements and processes of Canadian criminal law.

Specific Expectations:

a. Differentiate between elements of criminal law and civil law such as purpose, role of the courts, procedures, outcomes, enforcement of sanctions, onus and burden of proof.

MediaSmarts Resources

Cyberbullying and the Law
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-CR2 Critique the impact and effectiveness of the Canadian justice system

Specific Expectations:

d. Describe the various goals of sentencing (e.g., rehabilitation, retribution, restorative justice, deterrence) and justify appropriateness in given situations.

j. Analyze the purpose, impact and validity of crime statistics.

MediaSmarts Resources

Crime Perceptions Quiz
Cyberbullying and the Law
Perceptions of Youth and Crime
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law
Where’s The Line? Online Safety Lesson Plan for School Resource Officers

 

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-CR3 Analyze interactions between participants in the Canadian justice system and the community

Specific Expectations:

e.Compare public perception versus patterns and statistics regarding sentencing and corrections.

MediaSmarts Resources

Crime Perceptions Quiz
Perceptions of Youth and Crime

 

Civil Law

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-CV1Investigate the elements and processes of Canadian civil law.

Specific Expectations:

a. Generate a list of circumstances when one might consider instigating a civil action.

b. Differentiate Canadian civil law from Canadian criminal law, considering factors such as purpose, role and levels of the courts, procedures, outcomes, enforcement of sanctions, availability of legal aid, onus and burden of proof.

g. Describe the remedies (e.g., punitive damages, special damages, general damages, injunctions) available under tort law and identify methods of enforcing civil judgments

MediaSmarts Resources

Cyberbullying and the Law
Online Relationships: Respect and Consent
There’s No Excuse: Confronting Moral Disengagement in Sexting

 

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-CV3 Explore how civil law impacts the daily lives of Canadians.

Specific Expectations:

a. Analyze different situations (e.g., landlord-tenant agreements, terms of service agreements, warranties, mortgages) where legal contracts can or should exist.

h. Critique common consumer contracts to determine whose interests are being protected in the contract.

MediaSmarts Resources

Know the Deal: The Value of Privacy
Privacy Rights of Children and Teens
Remixing Media
Up, Up and Away? (TM)

 

Law in Canada Today

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-LT1Examine how and why youth are treated differently in Canadian law.

Specific Expectations:

a. Analyze the fundamental rights described in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child(1959), as well as the guiding principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (2003).

b. Explore changes in Canadian legislation (e.g., Juvenile Delinquents Act, Young Offenders Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act) regarding youth, including the legal definition of youth.  

c. Examine reasons why youth are provided certain rights under the Youth Criminal Justice Actin addition to those in the Charter. 

MediaSmarts Resources

Cyberbullying and the Law
Online Propaganda and the Proliferation of Hate

Overall Expectations:

LAW30-LT2 Investigate contemporary legal issues that affect Canadians.

Specific Expectations:

a. Investigate and debate contemporary legal issues in Canada.

f. Predict how issues related to emerging technologies might challenge current legal thinking and administration of justice in Canada.

h. Examine the challenges that diverse worldviews present when interpreting and applying laws in an increasingly multicultural society

MediaSmarts Resources

Challenging Hate Online
Comparing Crime Dramas
Crime in the News
Crime Perceptions Quiz
Cyberbullying and the Law
Forensic Science Crime Dramas
Free Speech and the Internet
Hate 2.0
Hate or Debate
Online Propaganda and the Proliferation of Hate
Privacy Rights of Children and Teens
Technology Facilitated Violence: Criminal Case Law
There’s No Excuse: Confronting Moral Disengagement in Sexting