Dr. Patrick Ryan

CSI 2212F/G Childhood & the Law

Winter 2021 - Thursdays 8:30a-11:30a

Antirequisite: CSI 2250, 2253, 2256

CSI  Program Advisor: Jessica Sommers
Tel: 519.433.3491 / 1.800-265.4406, ext. 4503
Dr. Patrick Ryan
E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca  
Ph:   519-518-0370
Office: DL 127
Hours: Online 12-1p W and Th



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. 


READINGS: all readings are provided free of charge through the course schedule.

11 appellate court opinions between 25-50 pages


Approximately 16-20 additional documents, scholarly articles, and news reports to contextualize the case reports. 


Moot Court Preparation

10% (weekly)

Moot Court Participation
25% (weekly)

Case Analysis Paper
(5 pages)

35% (Feb. 28)

Final Exam

30% (TBA)


Asynchronic Recorded Lectures: In light of the fact that almost all students are staying away from campus, the lecture components will be recorded and made available online. This will provide time for mooting cases in groups of 11-13 on Zoom, and for the lectures to be viewed before hand to help you prepare for your weekly speaking role. 

Synchronic Mooting on Zoom:  We will dedicate our 'live' classtime to mooting exercises. A moot introduces students to legal concepts, doctrines, dillemas through role play. The typical 'moot' is roleplaying among students of a fabricated appeal asking a court to overturn a lower court's action or interpretation of law. Our moots will differ by assigning you a role each week for working through a leading case in Canadian law.

Working weekly (viewing the lecture, reading the documents, submitting your brief to OWL), will prepare you to play your role in the moot. Submitting the preparation on OWL is worth 10% of your mark, and the quality of your performance and your willingness to be seen or heard will constitute another 25%. These weekly events will pave the way for success on the paper and the final exam.

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  Students must attend, and be heard and seen, a minimum of 6 of 11 sessions; failure to do so will result in a 10% penalty in the course.  The attendance requirement includes the expectation that students will schedule all appointments and other responsibilities to avoid conflicts with the course.  If health issues demand a  prolonged absence, or if you require other academic accommodation, you must meet with the course instructor and provide documentation to the Dean's Office. 

The Case Analysis Paper: It will constitute 35% of your mark. I hope to avoid assigning penalties for late papers. They 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.  Two-weeks after the due date or at the conclusion of the term (which ever is first) a zero will be assigned for the paper. 


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