Legal Studies (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Students taking part in the Legal Studies course will gain an understanding of the philosophies behind the law's role in our society. Students are encouraged to question the role and application of the law in order to gain a greater understanding of legal reasoning. A well rounded understanding of justice and social equality are the outcome for those who take part in the course.

Participants are encouraged to become more active citizens while gaining an understanding of the principles for studying law at university and developing key analytical skills. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Mock Trial Debating, and a number of excursions.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Social and Behavioural Sciences? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

Social and Behavioural Science subjects require regular and consistent revision of course content as well as detailed planning and research for assessment tasks outside of class time  in order to receive outstanding results.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Law, Government and Society

2

Crime, Justice and the Legal System

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Law, Government and Society

2

Crime, Justice and the Legal System

3

International Relations and the Law

4

Civil Law and Resolution of disputes

Unit descriptions

NOTE: these units are proposed units and may be subject to change. The general themes and topics are relevant.

Law Government and Society

This unit aims to increase students’ awareness of the rights and responsibilities that exists between individuals, groups and organisations and the resolution of civil disputes through courts and other mechanisms. Through the use of a range of contemporary examples, students investigate civil law, processes and institutions, and develop an appreciation of the role of civil law in society.

Crime, Justice and the Legal System

This unit aims to increase students’ awareness of the complexity and limitations of the criminal justice system in achieving justice. 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.

International Relations and the Law

In this unit students will investigate the significance of legal rights and responsibilities in everyday life from different political, economic and social perspectives. Through the use of a range of contemporary examples, students investigate how the law attempts to balance the rights and responsibilities of the individual with the best interests of the wider community.

Current Legal Issues and Torts

This unit aims to increase students’ awareness of the rights and responsibilities that exists between individuals, groups and organisations and the resolution of civil disputes through courts and other mechanisms. Through the use of a range of contemporary examples, students investigate civil law, processes and institutions, and develop an appreciation of the role of civil law in society.