Welcome to the open access version of LGST 249 Legal Literacy, a Legal Studies course at Athabasca University. This course is designed to help make the law and its institutions more understandable and accessible to people without professional legal education. It will help those facing legal issues to learn and assert their legal rights and to learn the rights and obligations of others. This course supports efforts to make law and legal systems responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens. Legal Literacy will assist everyone to understand and make use of the law in pursuing their legitimate interests.
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After studying this course you should be able to:
- identify the basic structures of the law and legal institutions in your jurisdiction
- describe the main elements of the legal system in your jurisdiction and how they relate to each other
- describe the most common legal processes used in your jurisdiction and identify the major steps taken in each of them
- recognize when words are being used in a different way for legal purposes and know how to find their meaning when that happens
- find laws in your jurisdiction that are relevant to your needs
- read and analyze laws and other legal materials to grasp their basic meaning
- use the results of your knowledge and research into law to assert your rights and interests
To receive academic credit for this course you must enrol in the credit course for a fee which includes provision of learner support services and successfully complete assignments and an examination. For more information see the credit course syllabus.
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