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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 | School assessment | Assessment Type 2: Inquiry

Assessment Type 2: Inquiry

Students undertake one inquiry for a 10-credit subject and at least one inquiry for a 20-credit subject.

For the inquiry, students look at a current legal issue in depth, with reference to at least one of the concepts. The issue should be one that students can cover over a period of weeks.

The issue should be examined with consideration given to its legal implications and include a range of views and recommendations for action and/or changes to the law. 

The inquiry could be presented in written, oral, or multimodal form. The student should provide evidence of deep thinking and research, including a relevant media article as a resource. The inquiry should be a maximum of 1200 words if written, or a maximum of 7 minutes if an oral presentation or in multimodal form.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • understanding and application
  • analysis and evaluation
  • communication and collaboration.