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1 Transition Lecture 2014

2 * 4 MODULES * The Australian Legal System * Constitutional Government * Law Making * Justice Systems


4 * The course is taught over 3 school terms i.e. (terms 1 – 3) * Term 4 (first 2 weeks) is for revision, followed by SACE Board examinations

5 * There is NO pre-requisite knowledge required for Year 12 Legal Studies. Having done Year 11 Legal Studies and/or Politics is simply helpful.

6 The subject is no more difficult than any other Year 12 subject. What might differ is the approach you take to learning the requisite material. Remember, the exam is the same for all Year 12s. The teaching and your effort to learn, make all the difference.

7 A note about homework: As USC is an adult learning environment and Year 12 is the year to adopt a university style of learning. Are you ready?

8 * It means that there is no set homework. Instead, you are advised of the work that needs to be completed for a unit of work i.e. Functions of the Law, along with a due date for completion. You work at your own pace dependent upon overall personal commitments; study, work and social life. * Your study Programme will guide your work week by week.

9 * That you complete the work which has been set prior to the tutorial for that week * That you meet with me each week during availability time for 10 minutes in the first term, to diagnose, remediate and ensure enriched learning is happening * Engage in the learning * Welcome newcomers and guests

10 * Over to you – what are you seeking?

11 * In essence, this is a partnership * We have the same goals, you and I * Working together, we have strength, so cooperate and engage and when the going gets tough, seek support * Remember, we all get by with a ‘little help from our friends’

12 * My objective is not to simply teach a curriculum but to include in my teaching, strategies for successful learning and for some fun along the way. I will also incorporate a variety of activities to suit all different types of learning, to boost your confidence. I will be keeping you busy and you will need to keep up by being organised.

13 * Mock trials * Sentencing hearings * Classroom Group Quiz Challenges


15 Textbook: LEGAL STUDIES – KEY IDEAS SACE Stage 2 Author: Geof Bailey Publisher: Adelaide Tuition Centre [available via Yvette] and Workbook: “Court & Tort – A Student’s Workbook” Author: Geof Bailey Publisher: LETASA [available via Yvette]

16 Exercise Book: 1 A4, spiral bound, 5 Subject Note Book [includes lecture note pockets] Highlighter Pens (various colours)

17 Assessment in Stage 2 Legal Studies consists of the following components, weighted as shown: Assessment Component 1: Course Work - Folio (50%) Assessment Component 2: Inquiry Task (20%) Assessment Component 3: Examination (30%)

18 Assessment methodology may include any combination of collaborative tasks, debates, media analysis exercises, multiple choice questions, research tasks, short answer questions, short responses to a stimulus, single-part extended responses, single-part shorter responses, source analysis, oral presentation, a written report. Some will be formative (term 1) & others summative (terms 2 & 3) You will be issued an assignment task booklet at the start of the year so that you are aware of what summative testing lies ahead.

19 * For those students who are keen to make a head start in Legal Studies you can do a number of things over the summer holiday break, which will prove useful to you during the coming year.

20 * You are encouraged to start reading daily newspapers. * Laws are changing all the time so that any textbook is out of date the moment it is written. To keep up with changes in the legal system during your study of the subject, you will be required to complete a legal update log, gaining your information from the daily newspapers.

21 * Now is a good opportunity, if you are not yet an avid newspaper reader, to commence. You will find that The Advertiser is a good source for advising State (local) changes, while The Australian provides more information on Federal and Australia-wide (other States) reform.

22 * Another useful activity is to visit the Courts. As a member of the public, you are able to attend and observe the Magistrates, District or Supreme Courts in action. There are Enquiry Counters at each Court location where you can identify the nature of the cases being heard.

23 Sheriffs Officers can assist you with directions to the Courtrooms and give further advice on the stage that a trial is at e.g. prosecution evidence, summing up etc. Tell them that you are a legal studies student who is wanting to learn more. The State Courts that you will visit during your studies are all located around Victoria Square, Adelaide.

24 * Take your time through this exploration but also leave yourself plenty of time to have fun before the start of this very important, impending year.


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