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HSC Legal Studies

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HSC Legal Studies
HSC Legal Studies
Our society is regulated by a
complex set of rules and regulations
which both guide and protect
individual and community rights
. Being well informed about legal issues, including the
rights and responsibilities
integral to our society, is part of being an active and informed citizen. 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.
Part II The Individual and The Law
Principal Focus
- Students investigate the way in which the law impacts on individuals by referring to legal and non-legal institutions, laws and media reports.

Students learn about:
- Your rights and responsibilities
- Resolving disputes
- Contemporary legal issues: the individual and technology

Examples that might be studied:
- Metadata laws
- Cyberbullying
- Social networking sites
- Privacy
Part III The Law In Practice
Part III Options
Family Law

Principal Focus: Through the use of contemporary examples, students investigate the legal nature of family relationships and the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice.

Students learn about:
- The nature of family law
- Responses to problems in family relationships
- Contemporary issues: same-sex relationships, parental responsibility, surrogacy and birth technology, and the care and protection of children
Preliminary Legal Studies
Part I The Legal System
Principal Focus- Students develop an understanding of the nature and functions of law through the examination of the law-making processes and institutions.

Students learn about:
- Basic legal concepts
- Sources of contemporary Australian law
- Classification of law
- Law reform
- Law reform in action
HSC Legal Studies
Part I- Crime

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.

Students learn about:
- The nature of crime
- The investigation process
- The trial process
- Sentencing and punishment
- Young offenders
- International crime
Part II Human Rights
Principal Focus
: Through the use of a range of contemporary examples, students investigate the notion of human rights and assess the extent to which the legal systems embody such human rights and promote them in practice.

Students learn about:
- The nature and development of human rights
- Promoting and enforcing human rights
- Contemporary issue: child soldiers
Principal Focus
- Students investigate contemporary issues that illustrate how the law operates in practice.

Students examine at least TWO contemporary issues and evaluate the effectiveness of legal and non-legal responses to the issues.

Topics that may be studied include:
- Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
- Young Offenders
- Terrorism Laws
- Domestic Violence
World Order

Principal Focus: Through the use of contemporary examples, students investigate the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in promoting peace and resolving conflict between nation states.

Students learn about:
- The nature of world order
- The responses to world order
- Contemporary issues: the principle of the 'responsibility to protect', regional and global situations that threaten peace and security, the success of global cooperation and rules regarding the conduct of hostilities
Part III Options
Family Law

Principal Focus:
Through the use of contemporary examples, students investigate the legal nature of family relationships and the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice.

Students learn about:
- The nature of family law
- Responses to problems in family relationships
- Contemporary issues: same-sex relationships, parental responsibility, surrogacy and birth technology, and the care and protection of children
World Order

Principal Focus:
Through the use of contemporary examples, students investigate the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in promoting peace and resolving conflict between nation states.

Students learn about:
- The nature of world order
- The responses to world order
- Contemporary issues: the principle of the 'responsibility to protect', regional and global situations that threaten peace and security, the success of global cooperation and rules regarding the conduct of hostilities
HSC Legal Studies

Legal Studies Assessment

Section I
20 Multiple choice

Section II
Part A Human Rights: 3-4 Short-answer questions
Part B Crime: 1 Extended response question

Section II
Family Law- Extended response question
World Order- Extended response question
HSC Legal Studies and Tertiary Studies

HSC Legal Studies is an excellent course for future studies in:
- Commerce/Business
-
Law
- Management
- Marketing
- Accounting
- International and Global Studies
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