Year 11 - Legal Studies 1-2




In Unit 1, you will explore Criminal Law in Action. The law influences all aspects of society – at home, at work and in the wider community. Laws are used by society to preserve social cohesion, and to ensure the protection of people from harm and from the infringement of their rights.


You will examine the need for laws in society and investigate the key features of criminal law, how it is enforced and adjudicated and possible outcomes and impacts of crime. Through a consideration of contemporary cases and issues, you will learn about different types of crimes and explore rights and responsibilities under criminal law.  You will consider the role of parliament and subordinate authorities in law-making, the processes and procedures followed by courts in hearing and resolving criminal cases and explore the main features, operations and effectiveness of criminal courts.


In Unit 2, you will explore Issues in Civil Law. The civil law regulates the rights and responsibilities that exist between individuals, groups and organisations.  You will learn about the rights that are protected by civil law, as well as obligations that laws impose, types of civil laws and the role of civil law in society.  You will also focus on the resolution of civil disputes through judicial determination and alternative methods in courts, tribunals and independent bodies.


You will investigate issues of personal interest, visit institutions such as the Geelong Law Courts and Barwon Prison Lara, and engage with experts from the broader community.  You will also have the opportunity to participate in an interschool Mock Court program run by the ‘young lawyers’ from the Geelong Law Association.




You will be expected to complete all set coursework to achieve an ‘S’ for each unit.  In addition tasks will be set as School Assessed Coursework (SAC) for each area of study in Unit 1 and Unit 2.




You will need to bring the following materials to every class:


  • a device to access the world wide web, Compass and to use selected Apps
  • ring binder with loose leaf paper or an exercise book for note taking
  • plastic pockets to store handouts and submit work
  • pens, pencils and other stationery
  • your textbook


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