Courses: Canadian History (330-201-DW) + Canadian Democracy (385-306-DW)
Eligible students: 3rd semester Law Society Justice Profile
Teachers: Braithwaite + Bourne
“Human Rights, (In)justice, and Democracy in Canada’s Past and Present” is an integrated team-taught pairing of Canadian History and Canadian Democracy designed especially for third-semester Law Society Justice profile students. These paired courses offer students an exploration of intersecting historical and political themes. We will examine our unquestioning beliefs in Canadian quality and democratic institutions through particular historical events that have challenged concepts of ‘justice’. Working as a team using a interdisciplinary / transdisciplinary approach, the class will examine the historical and political balance between human rights and democracy, through lens such as gender, ethnicity, race, and equality. We will question how our ideologies and institutions have not always lived up to the Canadian promise of equality for all. Students will have the opportunity to hear multiple historical voices and examine a variety of political institutions and ideologies. The semester will culminate in a capstone historical-legal re-enactment that allows us to analyze and assess both the strengths and weaknesses inherent in Canadian democratic society, yesterday and today.