The Minor in Public Law examines how the legal system, of which the constitutional order and judiciary are integral parts, governs the relationship both among constituent units of the state and between citizens and the state. It also examines the obligations that states have to one another via international law. Courses in the program address the normative foundations of principles of justice and human rights; the role of constitutions and courts in safeguarding the rule of law, protecting civil liberties, and curbing state power; the constraints to state sovereignty posed by international law and international courts; and the implications of the legal order for democratic and legitimate policy-making.
Students must complete 4.0 credits, of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the C- and/or D-level.
1. Core Courses as follows (2.5 credits):
POLB30H3 Law, Justice and Rights
POLB50Y3 Canadian Government and Politics
POLC32H3 The Canadian Judicial System
POLC68H3 The Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
2. Public Law Electives (1.0 credit from the following):
POLC36H3 Law and Public Policy
POLC38H3 International Law
POLC39H3 Comparative Legal Systems
POLC56H3 Indigenous Politics and Law
POLD30H3 Legal Reasoning
POLD42H3 Advanced Topics in Public Law
POLD44H3 Comparative Law and Social Change
3. 0.5 credit from requirement 2 above or an appropriate course from another discipline, including at the UTSC, UTM and St. George campuses, as approved by the Public Law Program Advisor.