Legal studies syllabus
The syllabus focuses on the way in which law is generated, how it is structured and how it operates in Australian and international contexts. Learning about our legal system will allow students to investigate the way our society operates and the influences that shape it. Students will develop an understanding of the implications that legal decisions can have for Australian society and the ways in which the legal system can affect the lives of Australian citizens. A critical understanding of the processes of reform and change will help students to contribute to making our society more equitable for all.
The Legal Studies Stage 6 course offers excellent preparation for life through a study of the legal system, its principles, structures, institutions and processes. The course fosters respect for cultural diversity. It allows students to question and evaluate legal institutional structures in the domestic and international environments and to undertake a comparative analysis of other political and institutional structures. Legal Studies enables students to have confidence in approaching and accessing the legal system and provides them with a better appreciation of the relationship between social and legal structures.
The course will assist in the development of students’ knowledge of their basic legal rights and responsibilities in a broad selection of contexts which appeal to their interests. Legal Studies is situated in the key learning area (KLA) of Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE). The skills developed in the HSIE KLA empower students to become critical learners and thinkers. The Legal Studies Stage 6 course also provides learning that prepares students for further education and training, employment and full and active participation as citizens in Australia and in the global society.
Students gain the skills of critical analysis, independent research, collaboration, and effective communication. 6 Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus 3 Employability skills statement Legal Studies provides a context for the development of higher-order thinking skills necessary for further education, work and everyday life, and a range of other employability skills. Employability skills are embedded in the Legal Studies syllabus to enhance student learning. The employability skills of planning and organising, learning and communication are explicit in the objectives, outcomes and content of the Preliminary and HSC courses.
The development of these skills results from the nature of Legal Studies and the investigation and analysis of legal issues. The employability skill of self-management is explicit in the outcomes for the HSC course. Students will also work towards other employability skills throughout the Legal Studies Stage 6 course. During investigations they will need to use appropriate information technologies and so develop the appropriate employability skills in technology. The Law in Practice unit in the Preliminary course supports students to demonstrate initiative and enterprise as they investigate areas of the law in which they have an interest.
Finally, as students investigate and propose solutions to legal problems, they develop problem-solving skills. 4 Aim Legal Studies develops students’ knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills in relation to the legal system and its effectiveness in promoting a just and fair society, with a view to empowering students to participate effectively as responsible citizens at the local, national and international level. 5 Objectives Through Legal Studies, students will develop: knowledge and understanding about:
• the nature and institutions of domestic and international law • the operation of Australian and international legal systems and the significance of the rule of law • the interrelationship between law, justice and society and the changing nature of the law skills in: • investigating, analysing and communicating relevant legal information and issues interest in, and informed and responsible values and attitudes in regard to: • legal functions, practices and institutions. 7 Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus 5. 1 Objectives and outcomes Objectives A student develops knowledge and understanding about: Preliminary course outcomes
HSC course outcomes A student: A student: P1. identifies and applies legal concepts and terminology H1. identifies and applies legal concepts and terminology P2. describes the key features of Australian and international law H2. describes and explains key features of and the relationship between Australian and international law 2. the operation of Australian and international legal systems and the significance of the rule of law P3. describes the operation of domestic and international legal systems H3. analyses the operation of domestic and international legal systems P4. discusses the effectiveness of the legal system in addressingissues H4. evaluates the effectiveness of the legal system in addressing issues 3. the interrelationship between law, justice and society and the changing nature of the law. P5. describes the role of law in encouraging cooperation and resolving conflict, as well as initiating and responding to change H5. explains the role of law in encouraging cooperation and resolving conflict, as well as initiating and responding to change P6. explains the nature of the interrelationship between the legal system and society H6. assesses the nature of the interrelationship between the legal system and society P7. evaluates the effectiveness ofthe law in achieving justice H7. evaluates the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice P8. locates, selects and organises legal information from a variety of sources including legislation, cases, media, international instruments and documents H8. locates, selects, organises, synthesises and analyses legal information from a variety of sources including legislation, cases, media, international instruments and documents P9. communicates legal information using wellstructured responses H9. communicates legal information using well-structured and logical arguments P10. accounts for differing perspectives and interpretationsof legal information and issues H10. analyses differing perspectives and interpretations of legal information and issues. 1. the nature and institutions of domestic and international law A student develops skills in: 4. investigating, analysing and communicating relevant legal information and issues. Outcomes are applicable to all topics. Some may be more relevant to a particular topic than others. Outcomes may be examined. 8 Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus 6 The structure of Legal Studies Preliminary Core Part I: The legal system HSC Core Part I: Crime • Basic legal concepts Core 40% • The nature of crime • Sources of contemporary
Australian law • The criminal investigation process • The criminal trial process • Classification of law • Sentencing and punishment • Law reform • Young offenders • Law reform in action Core Part II: The individual and the law • International crime Core Part II: Human rights • Your rights and responsibilities • The nature and development of human rights • Resolving disputes • Promoting and enforcing human rights • Contemporary issue: the individual and technology Core 30% • Contemporary issue Core Part III: Law in practice Core 30% Core 30% Part III: Options The Law in practice unit is designed to provide opportunities for students