LG2000 - Legal Studies - NCEA Level 2 (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

This Legal Studies course enables students to develop an understanding of the role of law and its relationship to everyday life in New Zealand. Students will explore concepts of law such as crime, negligence and contract. They study litigation and dispute resolution processes used in New Zealand, how laws are reformed and different voting systems such as MMP and FPP.

Other major areas of law covered include concepts of democracy and government such as rule of law, separation of powers and liberal democracy, and different concepts of justice, such as restorative justice and marae justice.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a good level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
1979 Describe employment agreements 10 3 Internal
8545 Describe factors contributing to, and consequences of, crime 5 3 Internal
SSoSocial and Community Services sector-related standard
8551 Describe the application of New Zealand law to marriage, civil union, and de-facto relationships 5 3 Internal
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
8552 Describe legal consequences and protections relating to domestic violence and child abuse 5 3 Internal
SSoSocial and Community Services sector-related standard
8555 Describe the objectives and application of consumer law 5 3 Internal
10337 Describe the legal rights and personal responsibilities of secondary school students 5 3 Internal
27836 Explain concepts of democracy and government in a New Zealand context 2 4 Internal
27839 Explain concepts of justice 2 4 Internal
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
27842 Explain concepts of law 2 4 Internal
27845 Explain litigation and dispute resolution processes 2 4 Internal
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
27848 Explain a law making process 2 4 Internal
27851 Explain systems of government and their formation and operation in a New Zealand context 2 4 Internal