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PRKS 3110 - Law and Its Administration Part 1

Parks Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course is the first of two courses designed to take a learner from the definition of law and its governing bodies through to the elements and procedures of law enforcement within a park environment. Topics covered: introduction to law; code and statue offenses common to BC Parks; authorities and powers; and duties and responsibilities.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - Introduction to Law

  • Define common, statute, case, criminal and civil law.
  • Explain the hierarchy of the Court System in BC.
  • Explain the impact that the Charter of Rights has had on the court system in BC.
  • Explain the differences between Federal and Provincial laws.
  • Describe the elements of a Criminal Code offence.
  • List the elements necessary to obtain a conviction for a Criminal Code offence.
  • Discuss the evidence required to prove a Criminal Code offence.

Module 2 - Code and Statute Offences Common to BC Parks

  • List the key elements of the offences listed below:
    • Causing a disturbance
    • Theft under $1000
    • Speeding
    • Driving without a license
    • Consuming liquor in a public place
    • Hunting illegally
  • Describe the evidence necessary to prove, in court, the points or elements for the above offences.

Module 3 - Authorities and Power

  • Describe the powers of arrest available to a Park Official under the Criminal Code and Federal statutes.
  • Describe the powers of arrest available to a Park Official under Provincial statutes.
  • Describe the special authorities available to Park Officials and the responsibilities that accompany those authorities.

Module 4 - Duties and Responsibilities

  • List five legal duties of a Park Ranger under Federal and Provincial statutes.
  • Complete a violation ticket as required by a Provincial statute.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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