General Certificate in Law and Social Thought

Glendon College

Location: C216 York Hall, Tel.: 416-487-6733
Coordinator: L. P. Hodgson

The Certificate in Law and Social Thought is offered by the Philosophy Department.

This program places the study of law in the context of a liberal arts education; that is, the law is studied within both a Humanities and a Social Science context. Some course offerings emphasize the moral and philosophical dimensions that inform legal life and link the study of law with social and political thought. Others focus on legal institutions: how they yield regulation and socially sanctioned force, how they interact with society.

Students may earn a Certificate in Law and Social Thought concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at York University. To register for the certificate students must submit an application to Academic Services.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 24 credits as follows:

*A student who chooses to take both of these upper level courses will need only 12 additional credits from the list of approved courses.

All credits must be completed at York University, and GL/PHIL 2923 3.00, GL/PHIL 2925 3.00, GL/PHIL 3633 3.00 or GL/PHIL 3654 3.00 at Glendon. A minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required for all the above courses.

List of Approved Courses

Canadian Studies

GL/CDNS 2600 6.00

GL/CDNS 3663 3.00


GL/ECON 3370 3.00

GL/ECON 3375 3.00

GL/ECON 3642 3.00

GL/ECON 4275 3.00

GL/ECON 4570 3.00

Gender and Women's Studies

GL/GWST 3513 6.00 (cross-listed to: GL/SOSC 3975 6.00)

GL/GWST 4509 3.00

GL/GWST 4502 6.00

GL/GWST 4509 3.00


GL/HIST 2650 6.00

GL/HIST 3639 3.00


GL/HUMA 1610 6.00

GL/HUMA 1650 6.00

GL/HUMA 2615 3.00

International Studies

GL/ILST 2622 3.00

GL/ILST 3650 3.00

GL/ILST 3652 6.00

GL/ILST 4601 3.00

GL/ILST 4651 3.00

GL/ILST 4682 3.00

Modes of Reasoning

GL/MODR 1711 6.00

GL/MODR 1716 6.00


GL/PHIL 2615 3.00

GL/PHIL 2645 6.00

GL/PHIL 3237 3.00

GL/PHIL 3611 3.00

GL/PHIL 3634 3.00

GL/PHIL 3642 3.00

GL/PHIL 3653 3.00

GL/PHIL 3660 6.00

GL/PHIL 4235 3.00

GL/PHIL 4237 3.00

GL/PHIL 4626 3.00

Political Science

GL/POLS 2600 6.00

GL/POLS 3135 3.00

GL/POLS 3136 3.00

GL/POLS 3230 6.00

GL/POLS 3550 3.00

GL/POLS 3634 3.00

GL/POLS 3650 3.00

GL/POLS 3652 3.00

GL/POLS 3660 6.00

GL/POLS 3663 3.00

GL/POLS 4601 3.00

GL/POLS 4635 6.00

GL/POLS 4651 3.00

GL/POLS 4682 3.00


GL/PSYC 3230 3.00

GL/PSYC 3600 3.00

Social Science

GL/SOSC 1610 6.00

GL/SOSC 3634 3.00

GL/SOSC 3642 3.00

GL/SOSC 3653 3.00

GL/SOSC 3685 6.00

GL/SOSC 3920 6.00

GL/SOSC 3975 6.00

GL/SOSC 4602 3.00

GL/SOSC 4602 6.00

GL/SOSC 4635 6.00

GL/SOSC 4645 3.00

GL/SOSC 4645 6.00


GL/SOCI 2520 6.00

GL/SOCI 3217 3.00

GL/SOCI 3636 3.00

GL/SOCI 3663 3.00

GL/SOCI 3685 6.00

GL/SOCI 3920 6.00

GL/SOCI 4645 3.00

GL/SOCI 4645 6.00

University-Wide Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Faculty-Wide Degree Requirements

Note: in these regulations the term academic session refers to the period from the beginning of instruction in September until the end of the annual examinations in the spring; academic year refers to the period from September 1 to August 31; year of study refers to the division of degree studies according to the number of courses already satisfactorily completed.

All inquiries about regulations and requirements shall be addressed to the Academic Services Office.

Students must follow the undergraduate calendar requirements for the year they entered or switched into their program.

Program-Specific Degree Requirements

  • Glendon College
  • Glendon is York's midtown bilingual campus. It is the only institution in southern Ontario where university programs are offered in both French and English. Glendon offers an ideal environment for pursuing undergraduate studies. Situated in a park-like setting, bordering the glen of the Don River Valley, the Glendon campus is an oasis of peace and beauty. With a small, close-knit community and an excellent student/teacher ratio Glendon students are extremely well-supported in the classroom and outside of their studies.

    Glendon is proud of its quality programs that prepare students for interesting careers in fields as diverse as business, commerce, finance, public administration, diplomacy, education, communications, translation, health care and the environment. Glendon offers 19 programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree, and two professional programs (Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Translation). In addition, Glendon is home to Masters degrees in Translation, Études françaises, and Public and International Affairs. Courses required for the BBA, MBA and law school programs are offered at Glendon.

    Glendon is set in an international and bilingual environment. Students, professors and staff hail from over 100 countries and value the opportunity to study, live and work in English and French – and other languages. Students build their language skills while earning their degree. Students at all levels in their second language are welcome, and all students will study in both languages in order to meet the bilingual requirement for graduation. Students can choose second language courses based upon their level of proficiency and their linguistic goals.The language skills students hone at Glendon provide a definite advantage in the workplace.

    Glendon offers students the best of both worlds: a small campus of 2,700 students in the heart of Toronto, Canada’s 3rd largest University. Glendon’s close-knit community and small class sizes allow for direct and ready access to professors, fellow students and support services. Glendon students have the opportunity to study abroad, in their third year of an Honours program, at French-Canadian universities or partner universities around the world. Glendon has negotiated formal exchange agreements with 17 partners. Glendon students may also participate in the York University exchange program, which include agreements with more than 250 institutions in countries such as Mexico, Sweden, Israel, Japan and Hong Kong. An extensive international exchange program, internships, mentorships, conferences and high-profile guest speakers offer students the chance to combine their studies with practical, real world experience.

    At Glendon, students may study part time or full time, primarily during the day. Students who are interested in education may coregister with the Faculty of Education to complete concurrent degrees in arts or science and education. Glendon houses the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa and students from the centre-south-west region may now be registered at the University of Ottawa and attend their Consecutive BEd program on the Glendon campus.

    Student life at Glendon is full of extracurricular activities organized by and for students on campus. These include such events as Theatre Glendon productions, the winter carnival, the musical ensemble, poetry nights, and much more. Students come from all parts of the world to benefit from Glendon’s academic excellence, reputation and bilingual culture, and in turn offer cultural richness and different viewpoints that have become a trademark of the Glendon experience.

  • Part-time Studies
  • Part-time studies may be convenient for students who wish to combine University work with employment or personal commitments. It may also provide a stepping stone to full-time studies for students who have been away from formal education for a few years and wish to reintegrate slowly into full-time studies.

    About 10 percent of Glendon students are pursuing their degrees on a part-time basis, taking from three to six credits per term. They enjoy the same privileges and freedoms as full-time students in terms of course choice, accessibility of resources and participation in campus life, and are subject to the same regulations.

  • Academic Standing Requirements for Visiting Students
  • Individuals who wish to enrol in undergraduate credit courses, but who do not intend to complete a degree or a certificate may be admitted to York as a visiting student. There are three categories of visiting students:

    1. those who hold an undergraduate degree (three-year bachelor’s degree minimum) from an accredited university/university-level institution;
    2. those who do not hold an undergraduate degree but wish to enrol in York courses to fulfill the academic, upgrading or professional development requirements of a professional designation;
    3. those who are currently attending another recognized university and wish to take York courses on a letter of permission issued by their home institution.

    Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

    Students in categories a) and b) whose overall cumulative grade point average (OCGPA) falls below 4.00 on at least 24 credits attempted will not be allowed to enrol in any subsequent session as visiting students. Students who are not permitted to re-enrol must apply for re-admission through the Admissions Office.

    Note: repeated course legislation does not apply to visiting students but only to academic degrees and certificates. Therefore, all courses attempted or taken will count in the OCGPA.

    Credit Limits

    Students in category b) who have maintained an OCGPA of 4.00 throughout their studies and who have completed 30 credits will not be allowed to enrol in subsequent sessions and must either reactivate to proceed as visiting students or may choose to apply for admission to a degree or certificate program.

    Principal: Donald Ipperciel, 220 Glendon Hall, 416-487-6727
    Associate Principal, Student Services: Pascal Arseneau, B108 York Hall, 416-487-6710
    Associate Principal, Academics: Ian Roberge, 220 Glendon Hall, 416-487-6727
    Associate Principal, Research & Graduate Studies: Christina Clark-Kazak, 215 Glendon Hall, 416-736-2100 ext 88106
    Director of Academic and Financial Services: Fiona Kay, C102 York Hall, 416-487-6715