Dr. Patrick Ryan

CSI 2253F/G

Childhood and the Law

E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca  
Ph:  433-0041 Ext. 4442

Office: DL 127 - Office Hours: T & F 12:30p-1:30p and W 5:15p-6:15p

CSI Academic Information Secretary  -- Claire Hass
519-433-0041 x4360 -- claire.hass@kings.uwo.ca  -- DL 107

Fall 2018
Time, Day, Room TBA

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Printable Course Outline


This course will provide a foundation for the study of childhood and the law.  By examining specific cases, statutes, treaties, and practices, students will have an opportunity to increase their understanding of the most relevant doctrines, principles, and debates about childhood in Canadian legal and political culture.

In the fall of 2017,  we will give sustained attention to most (if not all) of the following parens patriae, children's rights to protection, the 'best interest' doctrine, child/family poverty, the participatory rights of children and youth in medical and health practices, their rights as witnessess, their treatment in schools and as immigrants, as well as their rights as defendants in criminal law.


Jeffery Wilson, The Law's Treatment of Youth and Children (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2011).

10-15 additional documents and articles in the public domain will be available online through the course schedule or linked to the paper instructions.


Reading Exercises

15% (weekly)

Paper 1 (2-3 pages)

25% (Oct. 6)

Paper 2 (3-4 pages)

30% (Nov. 17)

Final Exam

30% (Dec. TBA)


Students are expected to schedule appointments and other responsibilities around class time.  To be excused from discussion participation due to temporary illness or one-time unavoidable scheduling conflict, contact me directly via email. 

Please do not use email to engage me in substantive conversation, to review course material, or to pose open-ended questions.  I am happy to speak with students face-to-face or immediately after class.

If health issues are prolonged, or to request more extensive academic accommodation, you must meet with me in person and provide documentation to the Dean's Office.  If you seek more extensive forms of accommodation, I ask that you deal directly with me in-person as is appropriate.  I am available almost every working day on campus and will make an appointment to meet with you.

Penalties for late papers may be avoided if extensions are requested in advance.  Otherwise, a two-mark deduction will be taken for each of the first three days late, and a 5-mark deduction for each day thereafter.  One-month after the due date a zero will be assigned for the paper. 



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