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Law Studies 12

Law Studies 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Understanding legal rights and responsibilities allows citizens to participate more fully in society.

Laws can maintain the status quo and can also be a force for change.

A society’s laws and legal framework affect many aspects of people’s daily lives.

Laws are interpreted, and these interpretations may evolve over time as a society’s values and worldviews change.



Law Studies 12 is a general studies course that provides students with a working vocabulary of legal terminology in the areas of criminal, civil and constitutional law. Each area of law will have vocabulary exercises to complete and asks students to apply with examples for the terms. There are Big Idea assignments at the end of each unit that allow the students to choose from a variety of options to present their understanding of criminal, civil and constitutional law. The evaluation is based a midterm and final exam and a small quiz for each section.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites: Social Studies 10
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 11/12 Social Studies options required for graduation

Course Materials

  • Law in Action Edition II  is the course textbook (it is an e-text). Students must complete the Start Up Assignment, Assignments 1 and 2 before requesting their e-text code.
  • Students are encouraged to use outside sources to supplement their content.

Brief Outline



Criminal Law Assignments 1-18

Historical roots, Rights and Freedoms, Criminal law, defenses, Sentencing

Civil Law Assignments 19-21

Procedures, Negligence, Torts, Remedies,

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course


33.5 %



Midterm exam


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course. 

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