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Legal studies

Course description

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.

The HSC 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.

What students learn

Year 11 course

  • Part I – The Legal System
  • Part II – The Individual and the Law
  • Part III – The Law in Practice

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.

HSC course

  • Core Part I: Crime
  • Core Part II: Human Rights
  • Part III: Two options – currently World Order and Global Environment and Protection

Students will have the opportunity to participate in mock trials and mooting competitions. Through the study of Legal Studies, students gain skills of critical analysis, independent research and effective communication.