Introduction to Legal Studies, V.2, 1e
Processes and Power
Canadian Legal Studies Series

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

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-382-5 (2019)
376 pages, 880 g, 8.5 X 11, $49.75 (US$39.80)

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.

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, Crime, and Social Order

Overview of Part I

  1. What Is Crime?
  2. The Criminal Law Process

II. Law, Economy, and Society

Overview of Part II

  1. Regulating Economic Relationships
  2. Regulating Personal Relationships

III. Dispute Resolution

Overview of Part III

  1. Negotiating and Bargaining
  2. Adjudication
  3. Alternatives to Adjudication / Alternatives within Adjudication
  4. The Debate over Use of Settlement-based Dispute Resolution Processes

IV. Access to Justice

Overview of Part IV

  1. Access to Justice: Income Issues
  2. Access to Justice: Procedural Issues

V. The Personnel of Law

Overview of Part V

  1. Lawyers, Advocates, and Legal Practice
  2. Juries
  3. Judges
  4. Law Enforcement Personnel

VI. Law and Social Transformation

Overview of Part VI

  1. Critical Perspectives on the Role of Law as Agent of Change

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