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Sydney Technical High School

Sydney Technical High School

Manners Makyth Man

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Legal studies

During the Preliminary Course, students study the topics of the Legal System, the Individual and State, and the Law in Practice. In the HSC Course, students study Crime, Human Rights, World Order, and Shelter. Legal Studies is a highly engaging subject for those interested in studying Law and the rules that govern our society. With a focus on contemporary case studies, legislation and court judgements - both Australian and international - students will gain a deeper understanding of systems of rule, why certain behaviours are criminalised, and the rights they possess. We examine contemporary debates surrounding the need for law reform including a focus on responses to terrorism and the emerging challenges of cyber-crime and genetic technologies. Legal Studies fosters intellectual development, especially the ability to engage with higher order concepts, and develops students’ literacy through its focus on explicit teaching of written responses. Students’ learning is enhanced further by an excursion to court and the chance to participate in the Mock Trial competition.