Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland print and digital

Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland print and digital


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Legal Studies



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QCAA New QCE Senior Secondary Syllabus Textbooks 2019-2020


Written by experienced Queensland teachers and legal practitioners, Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland Second Edition comprehensively covers the new Legal Studies syllabus and develops the necessary analysis and evaluation skills students need for success in their internal and external assessments. What’s new in this edition: Complete coverage of the new curriculum including restructured content with teacher support on approaching the new structure. Engaging new, contemporary case studies, and updated examples and legislation ensure students can confidently understand, access and contribute to the legal system. Extensive Review and Research activities to test students’ comprehension of the topic and encourage deeper investigation and analysis as they prepare for assessment. Comprehensive assessment support including summaries, unit reviews and a range of activities to help prepare students for internal and external assessment. What we’ve kept that you loved: An inquiry approach to Legal Studies Written by practising Legal Studies teachers Student-focused explanations and definitions Flexible and innovative print and digital resources that can be combined to suit the needs of schools and their students

UNIT 1 BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT TOPIC 1 CHAPTER 1 Legal foundations 1.1 Rules and laws in society 1.2 The purpose of laws 1.3 Powers in the Australian Legal System 1.4 Sources of law 1.5 Legal outcomes Chapter review TOPIC 2 CHAPTER 2 Criminal investigation process 2.1 Enforcing criminal law 2.2 Types of offences 2.3 Rights and responsibilities in criminal situations 2.4 Evidence 2.5 Juveniles and criminal law TOPIC 3 CHAPTER 3 Criminal trial process 3.1 Hearing criminal matters 3.2 Court personnel in a criminal trial 3.3 Trial by judge and jury 3.4 Defences and excuses 3.5 Appeals 3.6 Barriers to justice 3.7 Alternatives to a criminal trial – the Drug Court TOPIC 4 CHAPTER 4 Punishment and sentencing 4.1 The purpose of punishment 4.2 Decisions of judges 4.3 Sentencing options 4.4 Sentencing of juvenile offenders 4.5 Sentencing trends 4.6 Criminal reoffending Chapter review UNIT 2 BALANCE OF PROBABILITIES TOPIC 1 CHAPTER 5 Civil law foundations 5.1 Differences between civil law and criminal law 5.2 Sources of civil law 5.3 Resolving the civil dispute 5.4 Civil trial procedures 5.5 Equitable access to the civil justice system 5.6 Class action 5.7 Civil issue taken to an independent authority Chapter review CHAPTER 6 Contractual obligations 1 6.1 The need for contract law 6.2 The elements of a legal contract 6.3 The terms of a contract 6.4 Performance and breach 6.5 Remedies Chapter review TOPIC 2 CHAPTER 7 Contractual obligations 2 7.1 Role of the ACL in providing consumer protection 7.2 Unfair business practices 7.3 Industry codes 7.4 Enforcement and remedies – legislation 7.5 Other areas to consider 7.6 Specific industry areas and contract law Chapter review TOPIC 3 CHAPTER 8 Negligence and the duty of care 8.1 The elements of negligence law 8.2 Limitations to negligence 8.3 Categories to duty of care 8.3 Defences to negligence 8.4 Sport and negligence 8.5 Legal actions and negligence issues Chapter review UNIT 3 LAW, GOVERNANCE AND CHANGE TOPIC 1 CHAPTER 9 Governance in Australia 1 9.1 Legal history of Australia 9.2 The Australian Constitution 9.3 Separation of powers 9.4 Representative and responsible government Chapter review CHAPTER 10 Governance in Australia 2 10.1 The High Court of Australia 10.2 The role of the courts 10.3 Legislation and case law 10.4 Specialist courts and tribunals 10.5 Just and equitable legal outcomes 10.6 The accountability of government 10.7 Legal change and precendent changes Chapter review CHAPTER 11 Law reform within a dynamic society 1 11.1 The law and the changing needs of society 11.2 Lobby and advocacy groups 11.3 Patterns of crime and civil offences 11.4 Technology and the law 11.5 Transnational and organised crime 11.6 Significant crime and law reform 11.7 Current legal issues Chapter review CHAPTER 12 Law reform within a dynamic society 2 12.1 Law reform bodies and commissions 12.2 Royal commissions 12.3 Parliamentary inquiries 12.4 Coronial inquests 12.5 Specialist Task Forces 12.6. Australian Institute of Criminology Chapter review UNIT 4 HUMAN RIGHTS IN LEGAL CONTEXTS TOPIC 1 CHAPTER 13 Human rights 1 13.1 Sources of individual rights 13.2 Other human rights sources and processes Chapter review CHAPTER 14 Human rights 2 14.1 International bodies and human rights 14.2 International treaty obligations into Australian law 14.3 The role of the Constitution in human rights in Australia Chapter review TOPIC 2 CHAPTER 15 The effectiveness of international law 15.1 Overview of international law 15.2 The United Nations 15.3 Sources of international law 15.4 Australia and international law and tribunals 15.5 Contemporary developments in international law Chapter review TOPIC 3 CHAPTER 16 Human rights in Australian contexts 16.1 Australian criminal and civil human rights 16.2 Resolving human rights complaints 16.3 Law reform bodies and human rights 16.4 Specialist interest groups 16.5 Human rights case studies Chapter review