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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 | Ethical understanding

Ethical understanding

In this subject, students extend and apply their ethical understanding capability by, for example:

  • appreciating the diversity of values within Australian and international communities and developing an understanding of how values change over time
  • understanding that legal outcomes may conflict with social, environmental, and ethical outcomes
  • developing responsible and informed attitudes towards the Australian legal system and others
  • acknowledging and referencing the ideas of others
  • considering the consequences of legal decisions from ethical perspectives
  • providing reasons and evidence to support their arguments and conclusions
  • appreciating how context, including time, culture and power, informs thinking and the creation of law
  • developing an appreciation that laws are developed from societies and, as such, generally represent the ethics and values of that society
  • understanding that laws may reflect the ethics of the times and thus may necessitate change.