Canadian Constitutional Law

Law School

College of Arts and Law


Code 24487

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules None

Module description

Law Programmes Only

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the various components of Canadian constitutional law, and to the basic principles necessary to understanding and applying the provisions of the Constitution in Canadian legal practice. The topics covered includes:

  • The basic features of Canadian legal and political system
  • The nature and sources of the Canadian constitution
  • Federalism and the distribution of powers between federal and provincial governments
  • The role of the judiciary (including general principles of interpretation)
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Aboriginal and treaty rights.