Legal Studies (LGST) 331

Administrative Law (Revision 4)

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Revision 4 is closed for registrations, see previous version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None. LGST 230 is strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Detailed syllabus and assessment information (PDF)

Sample course pages (PDF)

Questions about this course? Contact the course professor: Archie Zariski.

LGST 331 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Administrative Law discusses that branch of the law dealing with relationships between the individual citizen and government, whether at the federal, provincial or municipal level. It also deals with boards, authorities, commissions, and committees created by government. LGST 331 will be of particular interest to those who are either employed or interested in public administration or who have occasion to deal with government in their professional or private life.


  • Unit 1: Foundations
  • Unit 2: Administrative Agencies and Tribunals
  • Unit 3: The Legal Basis of Administrative Law
  • Unit 4: Fairness: The Right to be Heard
  • Unit 5: Fairness: Bias
  • Unit 6: Advocacy before Administrative Tribunals
  • Unit 7: Tribunal Procedures prior to Hearings
  • Unit 8: Tribunal Procedures during Hearings
  • Unit 9: Presenting Evidence at a Hearing
  • Unit 10: Management and Control of the Hearing Process
  • Unit 11: Conduct Outside the Hearing
  • Unit 12: Tribunal Decision-Making Procedures
  • Unit 13: Challenging Decisions of Tribunals
  • Unit 14: Enforcement of Tribunal Decisions


To receive credit for LGST 331, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of at least 50 percent on the final examination, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
5 Assignments (10% each) 50%
Final Examination 50%
Total 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


Swaigen, John, Administrative Law: Principles and Advocacy, (3rd ed.)Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, 2016;


Nastasi, Liz, Deborah Pressman & John Swaigen, Administrative Law: Principles and Advocacy, (4th ed.) Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, 2020.

Other Materials

The online course materials include a study guide, a student manual, and links to supplementary readings.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the LGST 331 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination. A letter grade will be given based upon the examination mark awarded.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 4, February 7, 2017.

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