Program Structure


Students wishing to pursue this major should consult with the Director of the Law, Politics, and Society in assembling a course of study, ideally by the end of their first year.

This Interdisciplinary Major consists of 36 credit hours of course work with the following components:

LAPS-1003., a 1000-level, 3-credit introductory course on law, politics, and society, designed to be a foundational introduction to the concerns of the LAPS Program

One additional 1,000-level course from among the following: 

At least 6 credit hours from the following list of core courses in Category I:

At least 6 credit hours from the following list of core courses in Category II:

At least 6 credit hours from the courses list at the 3000 or 4000 levels.

Other courses from the list of Courses section below. 


The minor program consists of 18 credit hours completed according to the following requirements:


One other 1000-level course in the LAPS program list

6 credit hours from this list: 

6 credit hours from the following list: 

Note that in the case of both the major and minor in Law, Poltics, and Society, many senior level courses have prerequisites that student must satisfy. Accordingly, students should plan their programs carefully.


Course List

LAPS-1003. Introduction to Law, Politics and Society

Other 1000-level courses:

CRIM-1013. Introduction to Criminology 
CRIM-1023. Introduction to Criminal Justice 
HMRT-1006. Introduction to Human Rights
POLS-1013. Law, Power, and Politics
POLS-1103. Canadian Government 

Category I: Law and Politics Courses
These courses focus on the institutional features of law, law-making, and legal enforcement.

CRIM-2123. Criminal Law
CRIM-2233. Police and the Canadian Community
CRIM-3143. Charter Rights and Criminal Justice
CRIM-3223. Criminal Procedure
CRIM-3243. Advanced Criminal Law
CRIM-3503. Wrongful Conviction!
HIST-2453. History of the United Nations 
HIST-3163. Gandhi, India and the World, c. 1850 to Present (PEAC)
HIST-3413. Citizens and Citizenship in World History
HIST-3943. Genocide in Twentieth-Century History 
HIST-4946. Genocide in World History
HMRT-3113. The Charter
HMRT-3063. Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
HMRT-3123. International Human Rights
HMRT-3506 Moot Court
NATI-3903. Native People and the Law I
NATI-3923. Aboriginal Rights: The Land Question
NATI-3933. Aboriginal Peoples and International Law (HMRT)
POLS-2103. Canadian Constitutional Politics
POLS-3123. The Canadian Constitution: Federalism (ENVS 3123)
POLS-3133. The Canadian Constitution: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
POLS-3306. U.S. Government and Politics
PSYC-2233. Introduction to Psychology and the Law
PSYC-2663. Dangerous Offenders: Assessment and Intervention (CRIM 2663)
PSYC-4223. Seminar in Psychology and the Law

Category II: Law and Society Courses
These courses examine the links between law and dynamic social, economic, and cultural forces.

ANTH-3443. Forensic Osteology and Archaeology
COPP-3033. Public Policy and the Media
CRIM-2253. Crime and Society in Historical Perspective (HMRT)
CRIM-3123. Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
ENVS-3013. Environmental Policy
GRID-2206. Human Nature and Technology
GRID-3306. Justice
GRID-3506. Freedom
HMRT-3033. Philosophy of Human Rights
NATI-3823. Native Peoples and the Canadian Form of Racism (HMRT)
PHIL-2233. Contemporary Moral Philosophy (HMRT 2263)
PHIL-3633. Marx
POLS-2803. Western Tradition of Political Philosophy (HMRT)
POLS-2813. The Western Tradition of Political Philosophy II (HMRT)
POLS-3503. Human Rights and International Relations
PSYC-3433. Psychology of Social Influence
PSYC-4413. Seminar in Prejudice and Discrimination
SOCI-2416. Inequality in Society (WSGS)
SOCI-3313. Sociology of Law (CRIM)
SOCI-3323. Sociology of Women and Law (WSGS)
SOCI-3333. Social Control and Social Justice (CRIM)
STS-2603. Animals: Rights, Consciousness, and Experimentation 
STS-2903. The Politics of Science 
STS-3303. Sex, Science & Gender