Canadian Administrative Law (Spr) (M3035B)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Administrative law is the law of public administration and one of the three basic areas of public law dealing with the relationship between the government and its citizens (the other two being Constitutional law and Criminal law).

The aim of Administrative law is to regulate the relationship between the government and the governed – the citizens, and to control governmental powers. This is achieved by ensuring that governmental actions are authorised by Parliament or by provincial legislatures, and that the laws are implemented and administered in a fair and reasonable manner. Administrative law is based on the principle that the government actions must be legal, and that citizens affected by unlawful government acts must have effective remedies.


79%: Lecture
21%: Seminar


75%: Examination (Distance examination)
25%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 28 hours of contact time and about 122 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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