Criminal Justice (CRJS) 427

Civil Liberties and Individual Rights (Revision 3)

CRJS 427

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: CRJS 427 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 427

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This senior 400-level course should be of relevance to everyone interested in civil liberties and human rights. The course is based on the premise that in a liberal, democratic, and secular society, citizens must be given certain rights if the democratic structure is to be put in place and maintained. The course will explain that in a civilized and democratic society the rule of law is paramount: all citizens, including the lawmakers, are under an obligation to obey the law; and the laws have to be fair and even-handed.


  • Unit 1: Basic Principles of Law and Human Rights
  • Unit 2: Fundamental Freedoms and Political Rights
  • Unit 3: The Charter and Criminal Justice
  • Unit 4: The Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Person
  • Unit 5: Freedom from Unreasonable Search and Seizure
  • Unit 6: Rights on Arrest and Detention
  • Unit 7: Rights When Charged with an Offence
  • Unit 8: Protection against Cruel and Unusual Punishment
  • Unit 9: Equality Rights in Criminal Law
  • Unit 10: Conclusion: Human Rights, a Just Society and Law Enforcement


To receive credit for CRJS 427, you must achieve an overall course grade of at “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Final Exam Total
20% 30% 50% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Salhany, R. E. (1986). The Origin of Rights. Toronto: Carswell.

Stuart, D. (2014). Charter Justice in Canadian Criminal Law (6th ed.). Toronto: Carswell.

Other Material

All other materials will be available to students online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, January 10, 2013.

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Updated October 03 2016 by Student & Academic Services