Legal Studies (LGST) 230

The Canadian Legal System (Revision 3)

LGST 230

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: LGST 430. (LGST 230 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for LGST 430.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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LGST 230 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Detailed syllabus and assessment information (PDF)

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Questions? Contact the Course Coordinator Archie Zariski

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This course is designed primarily for students who are interested in learning more about Canada's legal system, its history and development, and trends in Canadian law.


  • Unit 1: What Is Law?
  • Unit 2: Sources of law and Application of Canadian Law
  • Unit 3: Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Unit 4: Rights and Freedoms in Canada
  • Unit 5: The Canadian Court System
  • Unit 6: Judges and Lawyers
  • Unit 7: Resolving Disputes outside the Court Room
  • Unit 8: Future Trends in the Canadian Legal System


To receive credit for LGST 230, you must submit five assignments, achieve an overall course grade of D (50 percent) or better and receive a passing grade of 50 percent or better on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Final Exam 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


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Boyd, Neil. Canadian Law: An Introduction, 6th edition. Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 2015.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

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

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

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the LGST 230 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 3, December 22, 2015.

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