Teacher in Charge: Ms L. LorenzenRecommended 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.
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.
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.