Plewa joint Panel Presentation Contemporary Constitutional Law Cases Year 11 Politics and Law What the Syllabus says



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PLEWA Joint Panel Presentation
Contemporary Constitutional Law Cases

Year 11 Politics and Law

What the Syllabus says:

Stage 2A

What the Syllabus says:



  • types of laws made by parliaments, courts and subordinate authorities

  • the court hierarchy, rules of statutory interpretation and the doctrine of precedent

  • key processes of civil and criminal trials in Western Australia

  • at least one contemporary issue involving the judicial process*.



2B

  • ways individuals and political parties and pressure groups can participate in Australia’s electoral processes

  • at least one contemporary issue centering on representation*

Approach

Effective laws – look at cross over of laws and society

Great case also to look at the appeals process and and at civil matters. Start with basics – Court Hierarchy and difference between civil and criminal (basic but good to commence with as part of the course)

Using Harriton v Stephens as an extension through Interpretation of Past Decisions - the development of the law of negligence and then with Harriton v Stephens an Extension of the Law of Negligence.



This leads onto Judges making law – problems interpreting past decisions. Use the case to show issues of legalism and activism. Using dissenting judgement by Kirby compared with Judgement by Crennan.

  • Electoral Systems - individuals - Roach and pressure groups - Rowe can participate in Australia’s electoral processes


Teaching approach

  • PPT

  • Worksheet

  • Case Study or Source Analysis


Year 12 Politics and Law

What the Syllabus says:
3A

  • lawmaking process in parliament and the courts

with reference to the influence of:

    • individuals

    • pressure groups

  • role and powers of the High Court of Australia including Sections 71, 73, 74, 75, 76

  • methods of judicial interpretation:

    • legalism and activism with reference to at least one common law decision and one constitutional decision.


3B

    • through elections to the House of Representatives and the Senate




  • types of rights:

    • civil

    • political

    • economic

    • social

    • cultural

  • the ways of protecting rights in Australia including constitutional, common law and statutory rights and in one other country


Approach

Lawmaking process - individuals look at Roach

- Pressure Groups – Rowe

Role of High Court – Rowe and Roach

Activism /legalism - Look at Judgements in Harriton v Stephens

Constitutional law decision - impact on electoral process



Link Rowe to outcome of 2010 election
Rights - Roach look at protection of rights

Teaching approach

  • PPT

  • Essay

  • Source Analysis/Case Study


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