EDF5160 - Legal studies education in the secondary years B - 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



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5159).


This unit builds on EDF5159 (Legal studies education in the secondary years A), enabling 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 further their 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 generate advanced skills and deeper understandings of 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. 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 studies and law-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. create assessment tasks that are purposeful and relevant to the teaching and learning program and the learning needs of students
  7. employ accountable and theoretically grounded processes to monitor and assess student learning and progress
  8. critically evaluate their practicum experiences of teaching legal and related studies in schools and other settings.


Portfolio of assessment tasks (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Research and design of a teaching and learning plan (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)

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