NCEA Level 2 Legal Studies 201

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms 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.

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences

Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 3 Legal Studies 301

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 Tags

Barrister Debt Collector, Interpreter Legal Executive, Solicitor, Personal Assistant, Importer/Exporter, Financial Adviser, Fishery Officer, Parking Officer, Tow Truck Operator, Court Registry Officer, Security Analyst Police officer