Politics & Law (Units 1 & 2) ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
Course Description:

Have you ever been interested in global politics? Have you ever wondered how someone like Donald Trump can end up in power? The Politics and Law ATAR course is a unique opportunity to get an insight into the operations of the government and the courts in democratic countries like Australia, United States and the UK and non-democratic countries like Russia, China and North Korea. The course aims to develop the knowledge of the principles, structures, institutions and processes of political and legal systems of these states. Students will examine the democratic principles practised in Australia and will explore the political and legal systems of modern age through inquiry and analysis.  The course is structured into Units 1 and 2.

Unit 1 focuses on Democracy and the Rule of law.

How is the government formed? How can we avoid becoming a totalitarian state?

Semester 1 will unleash the history and origins of government formation and the early versions of democracy and theories of separation of power. History of Australia is given an emphasis with the focus on Federation and Constitution. Comparisons will be made between political systems of Australia and non-democratic states such as North Korea and Russia. We will inquire into how courts apply the law and trial process of both Australia and non-common law systems.

Unit 2 focuses on the Principles of electoral and voting systems in Australia and other nations. What happens if you are presumed guilty until proven innocent?  We will investigate and analyse the civil and criminal law processes in Western Australia and compare it to a non-common law system. We will conduct a mock trial to gain an insight into the trial process.

Course Assessment:
Elements of assessment will include;
Investigation 10%
Short answer 20%
Essay 20%
Source analysis 20%
Examination 30%
Note – A detailed assessment outline will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Further Study:
Year 12 Politics and Law (Units 3 and 4) ATAR.
Additional Information:

Politics and Law provides you with the skills to be an active citizen and develops your critical thinking, analytical reasoning and writing skills necessary in a modern life and career. It gives you an understanding of the world, including knowledge of current affairs and an ability to think critically about government policies and political spin.

This course would be useful for students who are thinking about pursuing a career in law, political advocacy, business, media, public administration, community development, teaching, journalism, human resource management, government and commerce.