LG1000 - Legal Studies - NCEA Level 1 (course endorsement not available)

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What is Legal Studies?

Legal Studies covers a broad range of topics and aims to provide an understanding of the role of law in society and the basic processes and principles of the New Zealand legal system. Legal Studies explores and evaluates the ability of the legal system to provide just outcomes for all individuals and groups, giving students a better understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities. Students will develop an appreciation of how the legal system impacts on their lives and how they can influence and change it. This subject can lead to a range of possible careers including the legal profession, business, government service or agencies.

What this course involves

In this Legal Studies course, students explore law as an integral aspect of society and find out how laws are made and applied in everyday life. Students consider why laws are developed and the characteristics of an effective law.

Students are able to demonstrate an understanding of the New Zealand court system, the law making process, and how New Zealanders vote for an MMP government. Other major areas of law covered include concepts of democracy and government such as rule of law, separation of powers and civil liberties, and different concepts of justice, such as coercive power and impartiality.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a reasonable level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
1978 Describe basic employment rights and responsibilities, and sources of information and/or assistance 9 3 Internal
8548 Demonstrate knowledge of accessing legal assistance 6 2 Internal
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
27835 Demonstrate understanding of concepts of democracy and government 2 4 Internal
27838 Demonstrate understanding of foundational concepts of justice 2 4 Internal
27841 Demonstrate understanding of concepts of law 2 4 Internal
27844 Demonstrate understanding of litigation and dispute resolution processes in New Zealand 2 4 Internal
27847 Demonstrate understanding of law making processes 2 4 Internal
27850 Demonstrate understanding of New Zealand’s system of government and its formation and operation 2 4 Internal