LAWS 2302 T - Criminal Law

The institutional and social production of criminal law in Canada. Processes, personnel, and agencies in the criminal
legal system. The role of discretion and mechanisms of accountability. The accused and
the place of the victim. Issues
and problems in sentencing and punishment.

This course will be a venue for introduction to, critical analysis and exploration of, the current
Canadian Criminal Legal System, including its institutions, processes, rules, and actors.
The goal is to situate the criminal law within its general social setting and to examine the interrelationship between the aspirations and practices of Canadian society and its formal legal discourses of criminal law.
A strong emphasis is placed on practical aspects of the law and how the players within the legal system achieve justice. In the latter part of the course, the focus will be on the criminal law in its more traditional formulations as found in The Criminal Code of Canada and in the cases, along with specific current issues in Canada.

CRN for section T: 20947

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 20948

Instructor: Rebecca Bromwich

About the instructor: Rebecca Bromwich is a full time faculty member of Carleton's Department of Law and Legal Studies who maintains an active legal practice, serving as a per diem Crown Attorney. She received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies, and was the first ever graduate of that program. She was awarded a Carleton Senate Medal as well as the 2015 CLSA Graduate Student Essay Prize for her graduate work.
A book entitled Looking for Ashley: What Re-Reading What the Smith Case Reveals About Governance of Girls, Mothers and Families in Canada, developed from her Ph.D. thesis, was released in Fall 2015.
Rebecca has an LL.M. and LL.B., received from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2001 respectively, and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to her several years teaching at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Rebecca has taught at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, and at the University of Cincinnati. She has also been a columnist for the Lawyers Weekly and has authored and co-authored several legal textbooks for students and legal system practitioners, including lawyers, paralegals and police.
Rebecca also worked for six years as Staff Lawyer, Law Reform and Equality, to the Canadian Bar Association. She also served as a Policy Counsel with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

Click here for further information about the course.

More about taking courses through CUOL

Registration and Course Section information

For more information, please contact: 613.520.4055 or email CUOL at