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Course Description

Legal Studies explores Australia’s legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context.

This course provides students with a sound understanding of the structures of the Australian legal system and demonstrates how that system responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition.

By analysing the Australian legal system, students consider how diverse groups in society, including Aboriginal Australians, influence and are influenced by the legal system.

Legal Studies provides insight into law-making and the processes of dispute resolution and administration of justice.

Students evaluate the merits of the adversary system of trial and other forms of dispute resolution systems and processes; in addition, students investigate legal perspectives on contemporary issues in society.

Students reflect on, and make informed judgments about, strengths and weaknesses of the Australian legal system. Students consider how, and to what degree, these weaknesses may be remedied.

Assessment Type & Weighting

Folio 60%
Issues Study  20%
Presentation 20%

Semester Offered

Semesters 1 & 2 


Casuarina Senior College builds a culture and environment where young adults are confident to take responsibility for their learning. This environment is developed through mutual trust, respect and care between students, staff and the broader community.