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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Human Rights Law specialization

What is the Human Rights Law specialization?

One of the major components of Canadian and international law is human rights. This specialization will teach students the complex relationship between the laws, rights and the state, while being exposed to Canadian and human rights discourses and instruments.

How can I apply?

Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U). To learn more about the admissions process and apply, visit our Undergraduate Admissions website.

Experiential Learning: Internships, Practicums, and Community Engagement

To learn more about the Human Rights Law specialization program’s experiential learning opportunities (e.g., the practicum, the internship, and community engagement projects), check out the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities’ Experiential Learning Office.

What courses will I take?

Required first-year courses for all Bachelor of Arts students in Legal Studies (12 credit hours):

LGLS 1000U Foundations of Legal Studies
SSCI 1910U Writing for the Social Sciences

Two of:

COMM 1100U Introduction to Communication Studies
CRMN 1000U Introduction to Criminal Justice
POSC 1000U Introduction to Political Science
PSYC 1000U Introductory Psychology

Legal Studies major core courses (78 credit hours):

POSC 1200U Introduction to Democracy in Theory & Practice
SSCI 1300U Social Problems
CRMN 3040U Restorative Justice
LGLS 2100U Public Law
LGLS 2110U Private Law
LGLS 2200U Legal Theory
LGLS 2940U Legal Research Methods
LGLS 4200U Law and Social Change

One of:

SSCI 4098U Practicum
SSCI 4103U Internship
[After] One 4000-level LGLS course

One of:

LGLS 4099U Legal Studies Integrating Project
SSCI 4101U Honours Thesis I

One of:

SSCI 4102U Honours Thesis II
[One 4000-level LGLS course

One 3000- or 4000-level COMM, POSC, PSYC or SSCI course
One 3000- or 4000-level LGLS course

13 general electives

The remaining 30 credit hours are selected based on the student's choice to pursue the Legal Studies major, or the Legal Studies major with a specialization.

Legal Studies major with Human Rights Law specialization 30 credit hours:

One Legal Studies elective*

LGLS 2120U International Law
LGLS 2420U Canadian Human Rights Law
COMM 3710U Intercultural Communication

Two of:

LGLS 3300U Disability and the Law
LGLS 3310U Indigenous Peoples, Law and the State in Canada
LGLS 3320U Race, Ethnicity and the Law
LGLS 3330U Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Two of:

LGLS 3200U Sociology of Law
LGLS 3220U Philosophy of Law
LGLS 3230U Law and Globalization
LGLS 3240U Cultural Studies of Law
LGLS 3520U Law and Technology
LGLS 3700U Law and Power

One of:

CRMN 2050U Rights and Wrongs in the Justice System
LGLS 3430U International Human Rights
LGLS 2011U Immigration and Refugee Law

One of:

CRMN 2010U Criminal Law
LGLS 3410U Labour and Employment Law
LGLS 3100U Administrative Law

*Legal Studies electives

Legal Studies electives consist of any LGLS course plus:

CRMN 2010U Criminal Law
CRMN 4032U Mediation and Conflict Resolution