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HSC LEGAL STUDIES

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Keira Nightingale

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Transcript of HSC LEGAL STUDIES

An Introduction to the HSC Legal Studies Course
The HSC Exam
The HSC Exam
Human Rights
HSC LEGAL STUDIES
Course Overview
HSC Syllabus
Crime:
• The nature of crime
• The criminal investigation process
• The criminal trial process Sentencing and punishment
• Young offenders
• International crime
Human Rights:
• The nature and development of human rights
• Promoting and enforcing human rights
• Contemporary issues in human rights
Options

Links to Preliminary Course

All of the content you have studied in year 11 is useful when completing the HSC.

Topics like
basic legal concepts, classification of law, law reform and resolving disputes
are the foundational aspects needed to understand the topics of the HSC course.

A comprehensive and well written Legal essay (regardless of the topic) uses
appropriate legal terminology
,
shows an understanding of legal concepts
and
characteristics and uses examples of case law and legislation to support an argument.

You have studied and practiced all of the above components thoroughly during the preliminary course and will be able to appropriately apply them to the topics being studied in year 12.

Human Rights
Part II of the core: Human rights
20% of course time

Principal focus:
Through the use of a range of contemporary examples, students investigate
the notion of human rights and assess the extent to which legal systems embody such human
rights and promote them in practice.

Themes and challenges
to be incorporated throughout this topic:
• the changing understanding of the relationship between state sovereignty and human
rights
• issues of compliance and non-compliance in relation to human rights
• the development of human rights as a reflection of changing values and ethical standards
• the role of law reform in protecting human rights
• the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in protecting human rights.
CRIME
Part I of the core – Crime
30% of course time

Principal focus: Through the use of a range of contemporary examples, students investigate
criminal law, processes and institutions and the tension between community interests and
individual rights and freedoms.

Themes and challenges to be incorporated throughout this topic:
• the role of discretion in the criminal justice system
• issues of compliance and non-compliance in regard to criminal law
• the extent to which law reflects moral and ethical standards
• the role of law reform in the criminal justice system
• the extent to which the law balances the rights of victims, offenders and society
• the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in achieving justice.
Options
Options x 2
25% of course time

Consumers
Family
Workplace
Shelter
Global Environment Protection
Indigenous Peoples
World Order

Principal focus: Through the use of contemporary examples, students investigate the effectiveness of legal and non-legal processes in achieving justice for ______________________ globally.
Themes and challenges to be incorporated throughout this topic:
• the impact of state sovereignty in encouraging cooperation and resolving conflict in regard to ____________________
• issues of compliance and non-compliance
• laws relating to ___________________ asa reflection of changing values and ethical standards
• the role of law reform in recognising the rights of _____________________________
• the effectiveness of legal and non-legal responses in achieving justice for ____________


Crime
1. R v LMN (1999) NSWSC 1128
2. R v T&M Sam (no 18) (2009) NSWSC 1003
3. Darby v DPP (2004) NSWCA 431
4. R v Blaue (1975)

1. Toonen v Australia (1994)
2. R v Tang (2008)
3. Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dylio (2006)
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