Law and Society (sessional teaching 2024W)

May 9, 2024

The Law and Society Minor program at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) is accepting applications for a part-time sessional lecturer to teach the following courses:


Winter 2024 Courses, Term 1&2:

(September 2024-April 2025)

Course / Section Title Credits Term Schedule
LASO 204 Introduction to Law and Society 3 1 Tue, Thu 3:30-4:30pm

Tutorials are scheduled on Fridays

LASO 204 Introduction to Law and Society 3 2 Mon, Wed 1:00-2:00pm

Tutorials are scheduled on Fridays

LASO 309 201 Against the Law 3 2 Tue, Thu 3:30-5:00pm


Course Descriptions

Introduction to Law and Society (LASO 204)

This course is intended to introduce students to ideas, concepts and frameworks for thinking about the nature of law and legal processes in a global and historical—as well as a Canadian–context. The course examines the connections and relationships of law and society using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from scholarship in law, sociology, history, anthropology and political science. The course considers the locus and nature of legal authority, the purpose of law in society, why people should or do obey the law, the relationship of law to morality and between law and society, and differing historical, geographical, and conceptual approaches to law and legality.


Against the Law (LASO 309)

This course covers competing approaches to law and legal authority that shape social inequalities, both historically and in the present.  Topics include law as coercion, resistance through the law, and legal forms of redress and restorative justice.


For questions regarding these courses, please contact Dr. Carole Blackburn,



Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. in related fields in the social sciences and legal studies, and experience in teaching at the college or university level, but applicants without a Ph.D. who are ABD will also be considered.  An excellent teaching record based on relevant experience in the subject matter or related courses is required.


Returning Applicants

Those who have taught for the program in the last three years can upload an updated curriculum vitae, course outline, and any available course evaluation summaries.

New Applicants

Applications must include the following documents:

  • Brief cover letter outlining your experience for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae, which includes a record of experience and a detailed list of all postsecondary courses taught (course name and number, length, credit value, dates, and teaching responsibilities)
  • a sample outline for this course (maximum 1 page)
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., teaching evaluations, if available)
  • names and contact emails of two referees


Applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2024. Please submit all application materials online as pdf files and follow the instructions provided on the application webpage:


All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” The minimum salary will be $9,559 per 3-credit course.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.