Distance Learning Program - Courses

Students in the Distance Learning Program have the flexibility to select courses that suit their needs and interests, with no required courses, and no obligation to register in a minimum number of credits.

*Enrolment in all courses in the Distance Learning Program is limited to LLMCL, Unclassified and Access Studies students.  For more information on eligibility and enrolment, please visit www.allard.ubc.ca/distance*

Winter 2017-18 Term 1 (September - December 2017) - Registration is open.  Application deadline is July 15.

Law 505.99A – Canadian Public Law (5 credits)

This course will provide an overview of Canadian Public Law.  Students will become familiar with the foundations of Canada’s legal system, the Canadian constitution, and the role of law in Canadian society.

The first part of the course will review the foundations of Canadian law and the division of powers between the Federal and Provincial governments. The second part of the course will focus on several rights and freedoms delineated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The third part of the course will provide a brief introduction to how Canadian law regulates the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state.  Throughout the course, students will be required to think critically about the Canadian legal system, and will gain insight into the relationship between law, public policy, and administration in Canada.  Students will also be encouraged to make comparative analyses between the Canadian legal system and the legal systems in their home states.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, mid-term writing assignment/s, and a final examination.

LAW 505 Course Author: Dr. Patricia Cochran teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, the law of evidence, and legal and political theory.

LAW 505 Course Instructor: Law 505.002:  Robert Danay – rdanay@mail.ubc.ca.

Law 525.99A – Canadian Criminal Law & Procedure (5 Credits)  

This distance education course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the key concepts of criminal responsibility and the criminal justice system in Canada. We will begin by examining the relationship between the sources of criminal law, how to interpret the Criminal Code, the burden and standard of proof in a criminal trial, the role and responsibilities of criminal lawyers, as well as pre-trial and trial procedure. The elements of offences, modes of liability, and defences will also be covered in detail. An overview of the purposes of sentencing and range of sentencing options will conclude the course.

The evaluation in this course is comprised of an assessment of participation (i.e. completion of end-of-unit quizzes and meaningful contribution to online discussion activities), a mid-term assignment, and a final examination.

LAW 525 Course Author: Associate Professor Benjamin Perrin is a full time member of the Allard School of Law

LAW 525 Course Instructor: Samantha Davey – Samantha.davey@ppsc-sppc.gc.ca.

Law 504.99A – Property Law (5 credits)

This course introduces the conceptual foundations of property, the basic principles of property law, and the legal regime that regulates land ownership and the transfer of interests in land in British Columbia. At the outset, it asks students to consider the nature, sources and justifications of private property. It also introduces the idea that property is an evolving social institution, one that is defined by its social, legal, historical, and even geographical contexts. The course then works through the common law and statutory frameworks that regulate land ownership in the common law jurisdictions in Canada, with particular focus on British Columbia. This includes analysis of: the physical dimensions of land ownership; the doctrine of tenure; freehold and leasehold interests; Aboriginal title; equitable interests; shared ownership; security interests such as mortgages; covenants and easements; and the land title registration system.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, quizzes, and mid-term and final examinations.

LAW 504 Course Author: Professor Doug Harris is a full time member of the Allard School of Law.

LAW 504 Course Instructor: Michael Litchfield – mlitchfield@thinklabconsulting.com

Please also see UBC's Academic Calendar and Course Descriptions.

Winter 2017-18 Term 2 (January - April 2018) - Registration is open.  Application deadline is November 15.

Law 525.99C – Canadian Criminal Law & Procedure (5 Credits)  

This distance education course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the key concepts of criminal responsibility and the criminal justice system in Canada. We will begin by examining the relationship between the sources of criminal law, how to interpret the Criminal Code, the burden and standard of proof in a criminal trial, the role and responsibilities of criminal lawyers, as well as pre-trial and trial procedure. The elements of offences, modes of liability, and defences will also be covered in detail. An overview of the purposes of sentencing and range of sentencing options will conclude the course.

The evaluation in this course is comprised of an assessment of participation (i.e. completion of end-of-unit quizzes and meaningful contribution to online discussion activities), a mid-term assignment, and a final examination.

LAW 525 Course Author: Associate Professor Benjamin Perrin is a full time member of the Allard School of Law

LAW 525 Course Instructor: Samantha Davey – Samantha.davey@ppsc-sppc.gc.ca.

Law 508D.99C – Business Organizations (4 credits)

This is a survey course providing an introduction to the law of corporations and partnerships in British Columbia, although reference will be made to laws in other jurisdictions. You will be introduced to some of the more significant legal policies, principles and provisions that apply to several of the forms through which business activity is carried on.

The preponderance of course time will be devoted to the corporate form principally because it has the greatest impact on our lives and brings into sharp relief the opportunities and costs of economic activity.  Moreover, it and the law surrounding it provide a useful counterpoint to partnerships and the law that governs them. There will be minimal coverage of securities law.

There are several pedagogically motivated devices that recur in the course. We will focus throughout on the contrasts between the forms of companies, partnerships and proprietorships. We will regularly attempt to highlight “ethical” issues including, but not limited to, the lawyer’s professional responsibilities and fiduciary duties.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, writing assignments, and a final examination.

LAW 508D Course Author: Jon Festinger Q.C. is an Adjunct Professor of the Allard School of Law.

LAW 508D Course Instructor: Michael Litchfield – mlitchfield@thinklabconsulting.com

Law 503.99C – Tort Law 

The law of Torts deals with civil disputes between individuals that arise when the acts or omissions of one person cause injury or property loss, apart from breach of contract or unjust enrichment. This course is an introduction to concepts and case law relating to civil (i.e. non-criminal) disputes and civil liability arising from accidental or intentionally caused harms.  The course examines the largest area of Tort law, the law of Negligence, which includes unintentionally caused injury to the person, damage to property, and harm to economic interests (including, in a distinct way, pure economic losses).   Other major areas of Tort Law that will be examined are nuisance (unreasonable interference with the enjoyment of land), and intentional injuries whether to the person, property, or personal dignity and reputation. The course examines tort law within the context of changing social values, the deterrence of law, as well as corporate and governmental responsibility.  The course emphasizes the uses of case law and actual tort litigation which explore topics from a theoretical and practical perspective.

LAW 503 Course Author: Robert Russo is an Adjunct Professor of the Allard School of Law.

LAW 503 Course Instructor: Robert Russo

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