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Year 11: Legal Studies

Activity name: Extended response (under examination conditions)

Grade Student work samples
Grade A No samples
Grade B No samples
Grade C Pat Rowan Eden Darcy
Grade D Abir Kai Lee Lou Terry
Grade E No samples

Description of activity

Students research the Australian context of legal and non-legal responses to a specific disadvantaged group. Students use their research to explain the significance of legal and non-legal responses in the mitigation of disadvantage.

Question:  How significant are the legal and non-legal responses to mitigating disadvantage of a specific group in Australia?


The students have been:

  • engaging in a research process
  • investigating examples of legal and non-legal responses over the course of studies
  • developing an understanding of disadvantage in the Australian context.

Area(s) of learning

Part III: Law in practice
Students investigate contemporary issues of disadvantage and explore the relationship between justice, law and society. This includes:

  • the development and reform of law as a reflection of social needs
  • the responsiveness of the legal system in dealing with issues
  • the value of legal and non-legal mechanisms in achieving justice for groups in  society.


  • P1 identifies and applies legal concepts and terminology
  • P2 describes the operation of domestic and international legal systems
  • P3 discusses the effectiveness of the legal system in addressing issues
  • P4 describes the role of law in encouraging cooperation and resolving conflict, as well as initiating and responding to change
  • P6 explains the nature of the interrelationship between the legal system and society
  • P7 evaluates the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice
  • P8 locates, selects and organises legal information from a variety of sources including legislation, cases, media, international instruments and documents
  • P9 communicates legal information using well-structured responses
  • P10 accounts for differing perspectives and interpretations of legal information and issues

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal issues relevant to the question


  • communicate using relevant legal terminology and concepts
  • present a sustained, logical and cohesive response


  • refer to relevant examples of legal and non-legal responses such as legislation, cases, media, international instruments, documents and organisations
  • refer to salient issues about the social disadvantage of a particular group.
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