Colonial Legal History: Law, State, Society and Culture in Canada and Australia
Units: 1.5, Hours: 3-0
Uses a website for both teaching and communications linking students at UVic, UBC and Australian National University. Offers the study of legal history as a means of understanding the relationships between law, state, society and culture in Canada in comparison and contrast with Australia. These two modern liberal democratic states which previously comprised clusters of British settler colonies, established at different times, for different purposes, during the late 18th and through the 19th century provide a rich setting for examining the growth of colonial legal culture, tensions between imperial governance and settler demand and the competing pressures for centralization and pluralism in law and the administration of justice. The colonies of Upper Canada, Vancouver's Island/British Columbia, New South Wales, and South Australia are the subjects of the most detailed study.
Undergraduate course in Law offered by the Faculty of Law.