The Grade 11, CLU 3M, Unit 1: Legal Foundations
packet is aligned with the Ontario 2015 Canada and World Studies curriculum expectations for the CLU 3M course. With this packet, students are introduced to what legal foundations are. Students will be able to explain the role and importance of law and the fundamental principles of justice in Canada. Students also explore early laws and legal systems in the past and explain their relationship to the Canadian legal system. Students also analyze and describe how social, scientific, and technological factors have influenced and continue to influence the development of Canadian law.
Overall Expectations Addressed:
- Explain the role and importance of law and the fundamental principles of justice in Canada.
- Demonstrate an understanding of early laws and legal systems and their relationship to the Canadian legal system/
- Analyze the role and function of individuals, groups, and governments in Canadian law.
- Analyze and describe how various social, scientific, and technological factors have influenced and continue to influence the development of Canadian law.
- Law is based on principles derived from society’s beliefs about what is fair and just.
- Legal systems of the past have influenced the Canadian legal system.
- Canadian law is administered by individuals and groups working together within the justice system.
- Law changes over time in response to a variety of factors, including what society values and believes in, technological advances and political trends.
Lesson 1.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 1.2: Exploring Law
Lesson 1.3: Fundamental Principles of Justice
Lesson 1.4: Structure of the Canadian Court
Lesson 1.5: Early Legal Systems
Lesson 1.6: Influences on Canada's Legal System
Lesson 1.7: Three Branches of Government
Lesson 1.8: Constitution of Canada
Lesson 1.9: Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Lesson 1.10: Societal Attitudes and Changes to Law
Lesson 1.11: Responsiveness to Social Issues
Lesson 1.12: Aboriginal Landmark Cases
Lesson 1.13: Bringing it Together
Activities, Readings and Assignments:
This packet includes 35 activities, 8 rubrics, 6 reading and 3 assignments.
Assignment 1.1: Aboriginal Landmark Cases
Assignment 1.2: Legal Foundations Response
Assignment 1.3: Legal Foundations Reflection Journal
There are also 2 exit cards and 5 reflections presented in this packet.
Please note that there are no answer keys provided in this packet. Student responses are based on the information they have researched, and any information needed for the responses can be found in readings and on supplemental websites. There is no quiz or test presented in this packet. Students demonstrate their understanding in other ways.
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