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Honours thesis

Professor at open houseThe Legal Studies Honours Thesis is an independent research project on a subject of a student's own choosing. The Honours Thesis program presents the opportunity to further develop critical thinking and analytical skills, while enhancing understanding of how to access and use legal materials. While drawing on the guidance and support of a Legal Studies supervisor, the student is responsible for conceiving and executing their particular research project. A student might pursue an Honours Thesis project to enhance their research and writing skills, seek opportunity to work one-on-one with a supervisor from the Legal Studies program, and prepare for graduate level scholarship.

The Legal Studies Honours Thesis comprises two courses students take in succession:

  • Fall term: SSCI 4101U Honours Thesis I
  • Winter term: SSCI 4102U Honours Thesis II

Honours Thesis overview

  • Eligibility & How to Apply

    Students must have a GPA of 3.70 to be eligible to be admitted into the Honours Thesis program. Exceptions may be made for a GPA of 3.50 or above, subject to both recommendation from a prospective supervisor and faculty approval. Students who do not pursue an Honours Thesis project will be expected to enrol in LGLS 4099U Legal Studies Integrating Project, a course dedicated to the development of a research project alongside other students, with less extensive requirements around research and writing.

    Students apply to register in the Honours Thesis program by submitting to Academic Advising a statement of intent outlining the proposed methodology and theoretical significance of their proposed research project. Academic Advising accepts applications on a rolling basis until September.

  • Honours Thesis Process

    Generally, by the end of the Fall-term course Honours Thesis I, students submit a literature review. A literature review showcases what has been published on a topic. Students provide summary and synthesis of the available literature, as well as critical appraisal of its strengths and weaknesses.

    The project initiated in Honours Thesis I is developed through further research and writing, culminating in the submission of an honours thesis by the end of the Winter-term course Honours Thesis II. An honours thesis is a specific scholarly project on a well-defined topic, to be determined in consultation with a thesis supervisor.

  • Completed Honours Theses

    Shelby Aggiss-Norton, Prostitution and Law in Canada: Safety, Stigma and Nuisance.

    Rachel Calvelli, A Socio-Legal Critical Analysis of Refugee Claims to Canada on the Basis of Sexual Orientation from Mexico (2002-2011).

    Carolyn Carter, A Study of Jamaican Immigrants Admitted under the Federal Skilled Worker Class: 2003-2013.

    Daniel Elmadany, Membership and Long-Term Permanent Residents: The Implications of Deportation, Crimnality, and Immigration Law.

    Shaina Hodgson, Prostitution in Canada: An Analysis of the Most Appropriate Legislative Response.

    Megan Jamieson, Colonialism in Canada: The Effects of Post-Colonialism on the Continued Marginalization of Aboriginal Women in Law.

    Mackenzie McFarlane, Challenging the Gender Binary: Transgender Rights.

    Dallia Mitchell, The Crisis of the Future: Forced Migration, Climate Change and International Protection.

    Kristen Sullivan, Self-Determination in the First Nations Land Management Act.

    Nicole Walker, Same-Sex Marriage and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Access to Genetic Families for Same-Sex Couples or a Further Violation of Equality Rights?


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