LEG201

NCEA Level 2 Legal Studies 201

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: L. Lorenzen

Legal Studies 201
Students will also gain an understanding of the Law in NZ as it relates to them. 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. Topics include: Crimes and Human Rights, Legal Processes, criminal litigation, court and dispute resolution processes, social action, Human Rights, international law and the United Nations. Students will participate in a range of practical activities including mock trials and debates.


Course Overview

Term 1
How the law works: What is crime? What is justice? How do people settle disputes in NZ? What are Human Rights and how do countries work to ensure people are treated fairly?
There are three Legal Studies unit standards that are assessed in Term 1 covering these ideas. They will help to provide a framework for the rest of the year's course.

Term 2
This term is about Social action - how people and groups try to change their society or their country's laws.
Two Social Studies assessment standards are available. This year the focus context is Family Violence in NZ.

Term 3
In Term 3 students will be looking at several types of Dispute Resolution in a variety of contexts. Students will learn a variety of dispute resolution methods and will practice these through the use of cases and scenarios. There will be Mock Trials and negotiation exercises with practical aspects of assessments.

Term 4
This term is used to finish the Term 3 course and tidy up any incomplete work. Additional standards are offered for students who would like or need extra credits.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students will have up to two days out of school for trips to Courts and Parliamentary events with an estimated cost of $20 for transport..

Pathway

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 21 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 21 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 8552 v5
NZQA Info
Describe legal consequences and protections relating to domestic violence and child abuse
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 3

U.S. 27842 v2
NZQA Info
Explain concepts of law
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
U.S. 27845 v2
NZQA Info
Explain litigation and dispute resolution processes
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91280 v2
NZQA Info
Social Studies 2.2 - Conduct a reflective social inquiry
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91282 v2
NZQA Info
Social Studies 2.4 - Describe personal involvement in a social action related to rights and responsibilities
5
5
5
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 21
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 10
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

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