Professors: Demos & Juric
Exam date: Wednesday April 24 , 2013h
7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Exam length: 3 hours
NO AIDS ALLOWED
Format of Exam:
Part 1: mandatory essay question: 25 marks
Part 2: essay question (choice from 3 questions): 25 marks
1. Isin and Siemiatycki describe how Muslim groups in Toronto have sought to “claim urban
citizenship rights spatially” through the building of mosques. What do the authors mean by this,
and what do they argue is the significance of these struggles for recognition and new claims of
inclusion? In your answer, be sure to address and examine the racialized legal strategies of
exclusion that Muslim groups have encountered.
2. Taking the issue of gender rights, to what extent has that struggle been one that has utilized
the Charter pragmatically? Make sure to provide a definition of “Charter pragmatism” as
identified in our course readings. Discuss the merits and pitfalls of seeking to achieve legal and
social change in the judicial arena versus the social or political arena.
3. Modern law is emblematic of Weber’s notion of “rationalization.” How do Canadian and
American drug policies conflict with this idea? In your answer, be sure to define Weber’s notion
4. In her article, Backhouse provides an account of efforts to apply oppressive racialized social
controls using the Canadian legal system. Using the examples of the “white women’s labour
law” and the Yee Clun case, discuss how and to what extent the legal system supported
racialization. In answering this question, consider the three branches of government i