Legal Studies (T/A)

Legal Studies explores the law, and its institutions and processes, in a social, economic and political context allowing students to investigate, question, and evaluate their personal view of the world and society’s collective future.

Students develop their knowledge and understanding about how Australian and world legal systems impact on the lives of citizens, seek to balance the rights and responsibilities of individuals, the community, and governments, to achieve justice and equality for all.  Students will evaluate the effectiveness of laws, institutions and processes, and consider opportunities for reform.

Legal Studies provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in research, analysis and evaluation of information. Using logical and coherent arguments, students will explore the implications and consequences of decisions made by individuals, organisations and governments.

 

Course Units

Unit 1: Crime, Justice and the Legal System

This unit aims to increase students’ awareness of the complexity and limitations of the criminal justice system in achieving justice. Using a range of contemporary examples, students investigate criminal law, processes and institutions and the tension between community interests and individual rights and freedoms.

 

Unit 2: Civil Law and Dispute Resolution

This unit aims to increase students’ awareness of the rights and responsibilities that exists between individuals, groups and organisations and the resolution of civil disputes through courts and other mechanisms. Using a range of contemporary examples, students investigate civil law, processes and institutions, and develop an appreciation of the role of civil law in society

 

Unit 3: Law, Government and Society

In this unit students, will investigate the significance of legal rights and responsibilities in everyday life from different political, economic and social perspectives. Using a range of contemporary examples, students investigate how the law attempts to balance the rights and responsibilities of the individual with the best interests of the wider community

 

Unit 4: International Relations and Law

In this unit students, will investigate the significance of Australia’s international legal and political responsibilities from different political, economic and social perspectives. Using a range of contemporary examples, students investigate how the law attempts to balance the rights of individual states with their responsibilities in the wider global community.

 

Unit 5: Negotiated study

Investigation of contemporary legal issues which can be an extension of previously studied topics.  It can cover electives not previously studied or maybe from the broader field of legal studies.

 

Assessment Requirements

Tertiary

Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks:

  • Oral Presentations – 8-10 minutes
  • Research essays – 1000-1500 words
  • Documents study – 90 minutes
  • Examinations – 90 minutes

 

Accredited

Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks:

  • Oral Presentations –5-8 minutes
  • Research essays –500-800 words
  • Documents study –60 minutes
  • Examinations – 60 minutes

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