Law & international studies
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A world of possibilities
The Law & International Studies profile provides students with an opportunity to develop an awareness and understanding of how media, history, law, politics and international relations shape today’s globalized world. Throughout the profile, multiple perspectives are used to investigate the variables that influence the position of an individual or group in society. Students develop insight into various socio-economic, human rights and global issues that define the 21st century.
By expressing and representing their understanding and opinions on issues in governance, social justice, political and media influence, sustainable development, law and international relations, students hone their research and communication skills.
This profile prepares students to become the leaders of tomorrow in law, international development, social and environmental justice, politics, humanities, journalism and communications, and all social sciences.
"Legal studies at Villa Maria?
I can’t think of a better way to educate future citizens."
Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse, Associate Professor
McGill Faculty of Law - Centre for Intellectual Property Policy
Visit levillamaria.com to discover the digital newspaper created by the journalism class students from the Law & International Studies profile!
History and Development Through the 21st Century
This course provides students with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and perspectives of 20th century events as they have shaped and continue to shape our current view of history, geopolitics, development, environmental stewardship and climate action in the 21st century. Students will be called upon to use appropriate historical knowledge, identify elements of change and continuity in the chronology of human development over the past 100 years, and examine the evolution of the notion of progress.
Applications of Law and International Issues
In this course, students will explore how the application of law shapes the analysis of international issues.
Questions of Identity
Students will cultivate an awareness of their gender and sexuality, racial, class, cultural, religious and legal identities, particularly with regard to the cultural context in which they were raised and live. Using theories in sociology and psychology, past and present disparities will be examined and potential solutions for achieving a more just and equitable society will be proposed.
Law & Citizenship
The Law & Citizenship course encourages students to exercise critical thought to learn about their rights and freedoms, craft arguments, define their opinions, and become familiar with how the Canadian judiciary is structured. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will be used as a framework to construct, present and defend legal arguments in the format of essays and mock trials. The course will help students define and critique what it means to be a citizen and how to adopt a more active and effective role in society.
Journalism & Media Studies
In this course, students will examine the social roles, cultural effects, environmental implications and global concerns of our ever-changing world through various media. Students will learn to communicate their insights by developing the techniques used in journalism, such as research, writing, publishing, differentiating between facts and opinions, gathering unbiased information and critically assessing sourcess.
- Understanding of rights/ legislation and law
- Global and local social awareness
- Historical awareness
- Critical thinking
- Awareness of social justice issues
- Activism and advocacy
- Community involvement and engagement
- Learning methodology
- Conflict management
- Research skills and methodology
- Mastery of written and oral communication
- Ethical environmental awareness
(SOME REQUIRE SO MATH)
- Social Sciences:
- Social Justice
- Liberal Arts
- Arts, Literature & Communication