Immigration and Citizenship Law

Course number: LAW 3980

Course Description & Objectives

Who gets in? How? Why? Who is excluded? Removed? This course introduces students to the legal framework governing the eligibility of citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals to enter, remain, study and work in Canada. The course will consider the structure of family and economic admissions; issues of inadmissibility and enforcement; and the criteria that determine citizenship. Critical and theoretical perspectives will situate the course and be brought in throughout and students will have the opportunity to work with newcomer organizations in Winnipeg. This course does not cover refugee admissions to Canada. Refugee Law addresses international and Canadian refugee law and does not overlap with this course. Students interested in practice in this area should take both courses.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and interpret key provisions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations
  • Advise clients on issues of admission and removal
  • Understand the theoretical arguments on admission policies
  • Formulate positions on the law and decision-making as well as evaluate public policy debates surrounding key issues

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on a research memo (60%), student presentations (30%) and class participation (10%).

Instructor: Shauna Labman



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