Politics and Law ATAR

  • Course Code - AEPAL
  • University Pathway

Estimated Cost: $50.00

Based on previous years pricing and subject to change. See Additional Cost Item Information Sheet for additional costs.

Course Outline

The Politics and Law ATAR Course is a critical study of the processes of decision-making concerning society’s collective future. Students will study the structures and processes of Australia’s political and legal system, as well as various case studies of the systems of other countries, including Great Britain, the United States of America and Canada.
Through their studies, students will gain an understanding of the close relationship that exists between politics and law, as well as the role that the community plays in shaping the actions of our elected and appointed representatives. This Course is designed to provide students with the skills to positively contribute and make informed decisions when it comes to their interactions with the Australian political and legal system.
Unit 1: Democracy and the rule of law
Students will examine the principles of liberal democracy, its use in the Australian context and differentiate with a non-democratic system. Students will also gain an understanding of Australia’s common law legal system and examine the non-common law system of France.
Unit 2: Representation and justice
The focus of Unit 2 is the Australian electoral and voting systems, including a comparison with the United States of America. Students will then go on to analyse the criminal and civil law processes of Western Australia with contemporary issues centering on justice.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

B Grade in Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences

Further Study

Year 12 - Politics and Law ATAR
Course Code ATPAL
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