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Legal Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in Australian and SACE International schools from January 2023 to December 2023.
For teaching in SACE International schools only from May/June 2023 to March 2024 and from May/June 2024 to March 2025. Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021.
Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Capabilities | Ethical understanding

Ethical understanding

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

  • developing an appreciation of the diversity of values within the Australian and international communities and an understanding of how values change over time
  • developing an understanding that legal outcomes may conflict with social, environmental, and ethical outcomes
  • developing responsible and respectful attitudes towards the Australian legal system and others
  • acknowledging and referencing the ideas of others
  • considering the consequences of legal decisions from ethical perspectives
  • examining the law from ethical perspectives
  • providing reasons and evidence to support their conclusions
  • understanding how the ethics in one context may be different from ethics in another
  • understanding concepts of justice, fairness, and rights as interpreted by the law and by individuals and how they might differ.