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Legal Studies

2 units for each of Year 11 & Year 12 

Board Developed Category A

Exclusions: Nil

Course Costs: $10.00 

The Year 11 Course develops students' knowledge and understanding of the nature and functions of law and law-making, the development of Australian and international legal systems, the Australian constitution and law reform. It examines an individual's rights and responsibilities, how disputes are resolved and examines a contemporary issue concerning the individual and technology. Students have the opportunity to investigate issues that illustrate how the law operates in practice. This is achieved by investigating, analysing and synthesising legal information and investigating legal issues from a variety of perspectives.

  • Part I – The Legal System (40% of course time)
  • Part II – The Individual and the Law (30% of course time)
  • Part III – The Law in Practice (30% of course time)

The Law in Practice unit is designed to provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the principles of law covered in the first sections of the course. This section may be integrated with Part I and Part II.

The Year 12 Course investigates the key areas of law, justice and human rights through a variety of focus studies which consider how changes in societies influence law reform.

  • Core Part I: Crime (30% of course time)
  • Core Part II: Human Rights (20% of course time)
  • Part III: Two options (50% of course time)

Two options are chosen from:

  • Consumers
  • Global environment and protection
  • Family
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Shelter
  • Workplace
  • World order

Each topic's themes and challenges should be integrated into the study of the topic.

Particular Course Requirements Nil

Course Contact:
Mr Mark Storch, Head Teacher: Human Society & Its Environment