Introduction to Legal Studies, V.1, 1e
Foundations and Rights Protection
Canadian Legal Studies Series

Kazmierski, Tasson, Bromwich, Dickson, Appel Kuzmarov, Malette, Ozsu  (Eds.)

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-375-7 (2018)
264 pages, 600 g, 8.5 X 11, $33.00 (US$26.40)

The new edition of Introduction to Legal Studies, now in two volumes, continues to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and legal institutions for students enrolled in undergraduate university and college programs in legal studies.

Volume 1, Introduction to Legal Studies: Foundations and Rights Protection, focuses on the conceptual and relational foundations of law and legal studies. It critically examines a wide range of topics: Canadian legal culture and institutions, the roles and impacts of Indigenous laws in Canada, theories of law and legal studies as an academic discipline, law-making processes, the ambiguous role of law in promoting citizenship and social belonging, and the relationship between rights protection and social change.

Volume 2, Introduction to Legal Studies: Processes and Power, delves into the processes of law, including the processes of dispute resolution, problems of access to justice, and the personnel of Canada's legal system.  It also considers the way in which law reflects, creates, and distributes power within society through the lens of various interrelated concepts: crime, social order, and the criminal justice system; law, economy, and society; and the relationship between law, justice, and social transformation.

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 Organized into focused and more manageable topics, readers will find the material less intimidating and be able to learn more effectively. The two volumes can be used as companions to one another for a full-year introductory course or as standalone resources for two one-semester introductory courses.


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A Note for Student Readers

I. Law in Context

Overview of Part I

1.      Social Context: Law in Social Life

2.      Cultural Context: Legal Cultures in Canada

3.      Constitutional Context: Law, the State, and the Constitution

4.      Global Context: The Transnational Influence of Law

II. Looking at Law: Different Lenses for Law and Legal Studies

Overview of Part II

5.      Law, Morality, and Justice

6.      Law, Liberalism, and Its Critics

7.      Connecting Law and Society

III. Making Law: Judicial Decisions and Legislation

Overview of Part III

8.      Judicial Decisions and the Common Law

9.      Interpreting Legislation

IV. Law, the State, and Citizens

Overview of Part IV

10.      Citizenship: Who Belongs? Who Is Protected?

11.      Protecting Rights: Inside and Outside the Constitution

12.      Law, Rights Protection and Social Change

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