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This course traces shifts in the right, freedoms and responsibilities of legal subjects, as they have been defined in criminal law in England and Canada, beginning with the gradual emergence of the common law in England during the Medieval period, right up to the present day, including the history of approaches to political violence in England. Colse attention will be paid to recent developments which challenge traditional doctrines. The English legal system has recently adopted a number of innovations and proposals which have not been tried in Canada, including new doctrines regarding antisocial behaviour, community policing, speech supporting terrorism, and jury trials. In all these cases, there is significant modification of established legal coctrines regarding the relationship between the state and its subjects. The new conservative government has modified some of these policies, partly in light of fiscal challenges. Canda has been at the dangerousness assessment with a view to preventive detention, and the punishment of women offenders, where feminist theories have been influential. Details are providing by essay代写 !

Students will have the opportunity to evaluate these developments in light of the history of legal rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the common law tradition. They will present their views of the nature, causes and validity of the developments in the written assignments.

The course will be of special interest to students of Criminology, Political Science and History.


The lecture and the student evaluations will be based on the book of course readings available from the University of Toronto Bookstore. Any additional materials required will be distributed during the course. Access to library resources will likely be limited during the course.

Students will complete a 1250-1500 word paper on one of the topics covered in lecture 4-10. There will be some flexibility to allow students to write about another topic that interests them which can be related to the material in these lectures.  They will have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their paper during the office hours held after this. 40% of course marks.

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