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Legal Studies Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2021. 

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Capabilities | Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking

In this subject, students extend and apply their critical and creative thinking capability by, for example:

  • developing and responding to large, overarching questions to frame their learning and inquiry
  • broadening their conceptual understanding and analysis
  • breaking complex questions into component parts to construct understanding and build an argument
  • developing informed recommendations for change in the legal system
  • synthesising information in order to critically compare and contrast elements, principles, or structures of the Australian legal system with those of another country, nation, or international organisation
  • critically analysing sources of information for credibility, reliability, bias, and usefulness
  • examining and reflecting upon the multiple perspectives that are involved in the development of new laws (both legislature and case law); for example, from special interest and minority groups, political parties, community expectations, and all parties to court disputes
  • creating well-reasoned, research-oriented arguments that consider a variety of perspectives on current legal issues
  • understanding and critiquing bias
  • proposing and justifying creative responses to questions
  • using the skills developed in understanding legal studies concepts and applying these skills to other contexts (transferability)
  • making connections from big questions to legal concepts and other contexts (transferability).