NCEA Level 3 Legal Studies 301
Teacher in Charge: L. Lorenzen
Legal Studies 301
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: systems of justice, advanced 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
In Term 1 students examine a campaign or social action that has sought to influence a policy change, for example campaign that have focused on family violence, homosexual law reform, climate change. They then choose a social issue to be addressed or a law that has a potential for reform and examine the law-making process that would be necessary to bring that about.
Building on Level 2 Legal Studies students will evaluate litigation and dispute resolution processes in relation to
challenging state power. They will also conduct a critical social inquiry.
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.
This term is for carrying out work that still needs to be completed, from the previous terms' assessments.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
Students will have up to two days out of school to attend Court and Parliamentary events with an estimated cost of $20 for transport. There is a 5 day trip in March to Waitangi and Northland. The cost for this is $600 which can be partially fundraised for.
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.
Total Credits Available: 24 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 24 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 12
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.