Politics and Law helps students make sense of the contemporary political and legal scene by developing a deep understanding of the different types of political and legal systems that have evolved over time throughout the different countries of the world. Students learn to analyse and critically examine the effectiveness of different systems, opinions and viewpoints relating to current issues and events both within the Australian and international systems. This course contributes to students' intellectual, social and ethical development.
All Year 10 students study a civics and citizenship course which introduces them to the issues of democracy, citizenship and law, within both Australia and in Asia.
Students also take part in an incursion 'mock election'. On 'Election Day' the students are involved in campaigning as a political party and voting, as well as calling the election and counting the votes. An important element of the course is the opportunity to meet people who have influenced community decision-making.
Year 11 and 12
Politics and Law is a Tertiary Entrance scoring subject. The course aims to cultivate informed, active, effective participants in the political and legal decisions that affect the lives and futures of Australia. The syllabus offers a comprehensive study of global political and legal systems with an emphasis on the Australian system and where appropriate, other international systems. The political units focus on the structures and processes of political systems through which individuals and groups participate in the decision-making of government. The legal units examine the systems of laws governing the conduct of the people of a society in response to the need for regularity, consistency and justice, based upon collective human experience. Students will experience both the government and legal systems at work through a range of excursions to the WA State Parliament and Supreme Court as well as a varied range of distinguished guest speakers. Students will also be able to participate in the Francis Burt Law Society Mock Trials Competition.
The ATAR course includes Unit 1, Democracy and The Rule of Law. This unit considers the underlying democratic principles upon which the Australian political and legal system is based. Unit 2, Representation and Justice, focuses on political participation and representation through the electoral system while the second part of this unit assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Western Australia’s judicial process.
Year 12 students study the Stage 3 courses, both of which are set in the context of the Australian contemporary political and legal system. The 3A course examines political and legal power in terms of the three arms of government, the legislature, executive and judicature. The 3B course has a focus on governance and rights in the Australian political and legal system. The four courses involve students examining how the Australian political and legal system is structured and functions, with some comparison to other nations. It involves a focus on contemporary issues as they relate to the Australian system.