EDF5159 - Legal studies education in the secondary years A - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Carly Sawatzki

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5160).


This unit enables pre-service education students to build a strong foundation for their career-long professional learning as secondary school teachers of legal and related studies. Students acquire a sound understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of law-related curriculum. Through an examination of a range of curricula and related documents drawn from state, national and international contexts, students are familiarised with current developments in the theory, research, and practice of legal studies education. Students work independently, collaboratively and interdependently to develop their capabilities in planning and implementing appropriate curriculum and pedagogy. They learn how teachers plan for and undertake educational projects and research as part of their professional work. The unit reinforces a view of learning about teaching as an ongoing, collaborative process that is developed through critical reflection on experience.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of relevant discipline areas associated with the teaching and learning of legal and related studies across Years 7 to 12
  2. research, select and evaluate appropriate teaching and learning resources for legal and related studies
  3. set clear, challenging and achievable goals for students in their learning of legal and related studies
  4. research and design innovative teaching and learning procedures to engage and motivate the diverse range of learners in every classroom
  5. demonstrate a capacity to draw on a range of teaching approaches, including the use of information and communications technologies, in ways that align with pedagogical intentions
  6. employ accountable and theoretically grounded processes to monitor student learning and progress
  7. critically evaluate their practicum experiences of teaching legal studies and law-related studies in schools and other settings.


Research report (2000 words, 50%)

Lesson planning task (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A minor sequence in legal studies