ESU: The Law of Freedom of Expression in Canada

About this course:

An elective course for students in Grades 7 & 8, offered by the Enrichment Studies Unit, Queen’s University. 2.5 days. Calendar description: Expression – it’s all around us! It’s part of every text that we send, every TV show that we watch, every book that we read, and every action we take. In this course, students will learn about different types and forms of expression and will explore what kinds of expression are allowed under Canadian law. They will be introduced to the limits of the right to freedom of expression in Canada and the role of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students will be asked to think critically about human rights and will take part in a debate on one of three topics: (1) advertising and commercial speech, (2) hate speech, and (3) sexually explicit expression and pornography.