LEG301

NCEA Level 3 Legal Studies 301

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Struthers

Legal Studies 301

Legal Studies is a blend of law, history, politics, international relations and sociology. It is a social sciences course designed to make students more aware of the world around them from a legal perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the Law in NZ as it relates to them. Topics include: systems of justice, international relations - Pitcairn Islands Trials, social action, and criminology. Students will participate in a range of practical activities including mock trials and debates.

UE Approved Subject


Course Overview

Term 1
In Term 1 students begin with a case-study examining ideas of sovereignty and jurisdiction. They will begin a critical social inquiry by identifying an issue that is reflected in a social action film, extending this context to cover legislation and potential law changes related to their chosen issue, which might be women's rights, animal rights, racism, free speech, LGBTQI+ issues and so on.

Term 2
Students complete their Inquiry, and complete an evaluation of the original social action to achieve a second Achievement Standard this term. Building on Level 2 Legal Studies students will evaluate litigation and dispute resolution processes in relation to challenging state power.

Term 3
This term, the class will examine their personal involvement in a social action that aims to influence policy change in some way. They will once again extend the Level 2 "concept of justice" learning by evaluating one of those concepts in relation to a specific scenario.

Term 4
This term is for carrying out work that still needs to be completed, from the previous terms' assessments.

Recommended Prior Learning

8 credits or more credits at Level 2 or higher in any one of the following subjects: English, History, Geography, Classics, Legal Studies.

Assessment Information

Above is an offering of the possible assessment opportunities in Legal Studies.
Students wishing to use Legal Studies as a UE subject may prioritise the Achievement Standard Assessments in this course.

Credit Information

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 32 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 32 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 27840 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate a concept of justice in relation to a specific situation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
U.S. 27843 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate a concept of law in relation to a specific situation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
U.S. 27846 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate litigation and dispute resolution processes in relation to challenging state power
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
U.S. 27849 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate a law making process in relation to a significant legal issue
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91597 v2
NZQA Info
Social Studies 3.2 - Conduct a critical social inquiry
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 6r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91599 v2
NZQA Info
Social Studies 3.4 - Examine personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s)
6
6
6
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 6r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91600 v2
NZQA Info
Social Studies 3.5 - Examine a campaign of social action(s) to influence policy change(s)
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 32
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 16
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 16
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 16

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.