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Legal studies

Legal Studies is an Authority subject which contributes both to OP eligibility and provides 4 credits towards the QCE if a Sound level of achievement is attained at the completion of year 12.  This subject focuses on the legal issues which arise out of common social situations and community matters and also prepares students for further education, training and employment.
 
Year 10 Legal Studies
TERM
TOPIC
TIME
ASSESSMENT
1
Introduction to law – including sources and history, parliament and judge made law, court hierarchy, criminal law offences and defences, police powers, theories of punishment
10 weeks
Instrument 1
Supervised exam - 55 mins
K & U
2
Juries, courtroom layout and etiquette, bail proceedings, juveniles and the law, District Court visit
10 weeks
Instrument 2
Assignment – 4 weeks class and student’s own time
K & U, I, E, C
3
Civil law (Tort law) including negligence, defamation, trespass, nuisance
10 weeks
Instrument 3
Non written presentation – 5 weeks
K & U, E, C
4
Civil law (Agreements/contracts) including elements of a contract, consumer rights, sale of goods and trade practice laws, defective goods, misleading and deceptive conduct, alternative forms of selling
10 weeks
Instrument 4
Supervised exam – 55 mins
K & U
 
Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies
Year 11
SEM
UNIT NAME
ASSESSMENT
1
The Legal System
Instrument 1
Examination - short response test; supervised
(50-250 words) 1-1.5 hours  KUL, ILI
Criminal Law
Instrument 2
Extended research response; written (800-1000 words)
KUL, ILI, RL
Instrument 3
Examination - Extended response test; supervised seen stimulus (400-600 words) 1-1.5 hours  KUL, ILI, RL
2
Introduction to Civil Obligations
Instrument 4
Extended research response; Multimodal 3-5 mins
KUL, ILI, RL
Civil Wrongs (Torts) and the Law
Extended response to stimulus; written 600-1000 words

Year 12
SEM
UNIT NAME
ASSESSMENT
3
Family and the Law
Instrument 6
Examination – Extended response test; supervised; unseen question (600-800 words) 1.5 – 2 hours  KUL, ILI, RL
Instrument 7
Extended research response; written (1000-1500 words)
KUL, ILI, RL
Independent Inquiry Unit Plan
Instrument 8
Extended research response; independent inquiry; written (1000-15000 words)  KUL, ILI, RL
4
Housing and the Law
Instrument 9
Examination – Extended response test; supervised (600-800 words) 1.5 - 2 hours   KUL, ILI, RL
VERIFICATION
Human Rights
Instrument 10
Extended research response; Multimodal 5-7 mins
KUL, ILI, RL