Here are the four topics that we will be introduced to this semester and which you are expect to gain knowledge in in order to study them in more detail next semester.
A. The Legal System – Understanding the difference between laws and rules. For example, focusing on problems such as underage crime, drinking, traffic offences, violence and assault etc.
B. Criminal Law – In the context of the above problems you will know about the kinds of laws we have in Australia and the kinds of crime that can be committed.
C. Civil Obligations – Understand why there are laws put into place and what there end purpose is. Why it's not only a ‘bunch of rules’ just to restrict your behaviour, it’s more about equity, fairness and justice.
D. You and the Law in Society – How does the law impact on you and the rest of your community if you get a criminal record? The concept of regulating behaviour and why there is such regulation in the first place.
Note: This course schedule will open each link in a separate window. It is here for you to quickly check what is due and conveniently provide a printable window for each module and assignment. It is not the main navigational page.
|Week||Module||Activities/Assessment/Resources||Assessment Due Dates|
Orientation Activities: 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3
Module 1: You and the Law
Activity 1.1: Complete in class. Thu, 29 July
Portfolio homework: Work in prgress, you should start this now, you should finish your first title page and write your paragraph about why you chose your responses. Start working on the general presentation of your portfolio.
Module 2: Our Records, It Might Be Otherwise, Kinds of Law, Kinds of Crime
Police Visit: 5 August
Start watching Bangkok Hilton
|Posters (Assignment A): Due Thu, 5 August|
Assignment B: Due. Thu, 26 August
|7||Module 3: Borrowing or Theft, Just Plain Stealing||Resources:
motor vehicle theft in Australia and Minister
for Justice and Customs
Activity/assessment: Activity 3 and Bangkok Hilton Essay, note the different due dates.
Activity 3: Complete in class. Thu, 2 Sep
Portfolio homework: Work in prgress, complete your next title page. Start organising presentation of existing artifacts.
|8||Module 4: Explanations! Explanations! Explanations! and Just Kids Stuff||Resources:
Intervention, Youth Crime & Families Strategy
accessibility and crime in regional Australia and
and Legal Studies
Activity/assessment: 4.1 and 4.2
Assignment D: Complete in class. Thu, 9 Sep
Portfolio homework: Work in prgress, complete your next title page, paragraph about responses and work on presentation.
Resources: Mandatory Sentencing, Commission Speaking for ourselves, Uses and abuses of drug law enforcement statistics, Alcohol and Crime, Age of illicit drug initiation, Alcohol and Minorities: An Update, Alcohol-related Social Disorder and Rural Youth: Part 1 Victims, Tough on Drugs, Schaffer Library of Drug Policy, The Links Between Alcohol and Drug Use and Poverty
Bangkok Hilton Essay: Due. Thu, 15 September
Assignment E: Complete in class. Thu, 15 Sep
|10||Interviews||Lawyer and Police Visit - in school||Assignment E: Use group questions to record your interviewee.|
|11||Interviews||Court house visit||Assignment E: Use group questions to record your interviewee.|
|12||Movie||Movie about the famous Azaria Chamberlain case||Portfolio homework: Make sure all artifacts and responses from Task 1 are in your portfolio. Check that your presentation and organisation match the criteria in the grading rubric for Task 2.|
|13||Movie about the famous Azaria Chamberlain case|
|14||Module 5: Summarise and reflect||Activity/assessment: Activity 6 and Portfolio||Portfolio: Hand in Portfolio. Thu, 21 Oct|