LGS8

Legal Studies - NCEA Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea L. Green

The main focus of Legal Studies 8 is around applying law to actual legal cases and scenarios. There are visits from lawyers, police, prison officers and court visits to enhance understanding and provide information of careers in and around the legal profession.

The course covers topics including:
- Concepts of law and justice
- Actual court cases
- Current news events
- Court processes
- The role of the Government in New Zealand
- Law making and restrictions on its power  

Course Overview

Term 1
This term you will learn how to evaluate concepts of justice in relation to specific situations. Concepts of justice refer to the theories or principles that inform how we judge the fairness of the application of law.

Later in the term we will be evaluating two concepts of law in relation to specific situations. These include the mens rea defence of provocation in relations to the R v Ambach case and privacy law and the release of beneficiaries income details by MP Paula Bennett.

Term 2
In term 2 will be be learning how to evaluate systems of government and their formation. Will will be looking at constitutional Monarchy in New Zealand, Federal Government in the USA, Islamic Republic in Iran and Dictatorship in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge rule.

Term 3
This term we will be learning about how to evaluate litigation and dispute resolution processes. We will be specifically evaluating the Waitangi Tribunal, judicial review and the office of the Ombudsman.

Term 4
This term we will be analyzing the legal processes that were followed in relation to the enactment of the employment relations amendment act, the negotiations around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Waitangi Tribunal and the Maaori language claim.

Recommended Prior Learning

12 literacy credits at level 2 or approval of teacher in charge of Legal Studies.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 20 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 27840 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate a concept of justice in relation to a specific situation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 5

U.S. 27843 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate a concept of law in relation to a specific situation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 11

U.S. 27846 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate litigation and dispute resolution processes in relation to challenging state power
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 8

U.S. 27849 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate a law making process in relation to a significant legal issue
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 2

U.S. 27852 v2
NZQA Info
Evaluate systems of government and their formation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 8

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

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