Law & international studies
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A world of possibilities
The Law & International Studies profile provides students with a firm basis in international relations, politics, law, globalization, history, and the contemporary world, opening the door to a slew of Humanities and language-based CEGEP programs. Students explore the relationships between citizens and their society, with special attention paid to political science and world cultures.
By covering topics such as social justice, political influence, sustainable development, law, economics, and global studies, students will hone their research methodology and develop oral and written communication skills. Students will gain an understanding of social, humanitarian and global issues, as well as the rights, responsibilities and legal systems that define 21st century life. This profile helps prepare the young leaders of tomorrow to become lawyers, economists, activists, environmentalists, demographers, politicians, historians, teachers, journalists, and more.
"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
History of the 20th Century
Modern history basics, from the Russian Revolution to the Cold War and Apartheid, as well as historical research methodology skills.
International Issues & Sustainable Development
Economic, political, and socio-demographic issues facing the world today and the role that sustainable development plays in these issues.
Applications in Criminal & Civil Law
Canadian and Quebec justice system basics and legal processes such as trials, proceedings, and briefs, all studied via mock-trials, debates, and courthouse visits.
Questions of Identity: Gender, Race & Class
Students will cultivate an awareness of their cultural, religious, sexual, legal or territorial identity by studying past, current, and potential disparities.
Law & Citizenship
Canadian and Quebec civics: political systems, democratic process, charters, the Constitution, the structure of Parliament and the National Assembly, and more.
Journalism & Media Studies
Journalism basics, such as research, writing, and publishing, differentiating between facts and opinions, gathering unbiased information and critically assessing sources.
- Understanding of rights / Legislation and law
- Global and local social awareness
- Historical awareness
- Critical analysis
- 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
- Social Sciences:
- Social Justice
- Liberal Arts
- Arts, Literature & Communication