Politics and Law ATAR

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60% in Politics and Law topic within Year 10 Social Sciences If you would like to see the Prerequisites page please click HERE.

Politics and Law is a critical study of the way power and decision making in our nation is organised and how disagreements within our society are settled. It examines the style of government we have, the powers of our parliaments and the people. It also examines the types of disputes that can arise in our society and the ways that these are settled. The skills and values developed throughout the course allow students to become even more informed, active and effective participants at school, in their career and as citizens at local, state, national and international levels. In Year 11 Students will study:

  • Democracy and the Rule of Law through which students examine how Australia works as a democracy and how its legal system operates and compares to other nations such as North Korea or Saudi Arabia. Students also look at lawmaking examples in parliament and recent legal cases such as the Claremont Serial Killer Case, the NZYQ case and recent changes to the Migration Act.
  • Representation and Justice through which students critically examine the principles of representation, justice in civil and criminal law, electoral systems and alternatives. In this topic students have examined issues such as WA’s High Risk Offenders Act and raising the age of criminality in WA.

In Year 12 students will study Political and Legal Power, which focuses in on the Australian constitution, and Rights and Governance.

  • Mercedes College had a top school ranking for this subject in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023.
  • Students will undertake excursions to the courts and parliament to enhance learning
  • The College’s unique location allows the students to engage with many political and legal institutions throughout the course
  • Syllabus and other SCSA documentation can be found HERE
  • The Political and Legal Educators Association of Western Australia twitter feed provides many good examples of relevant issues students study in the course. To access please go HERE
  • Students studying this course get the opportunity to nominate for selection to attend the WA Student Constitutional Convention and the National Student Constitutional Convention (as shown HERE)
  • A look inside a politics and law classroom at Mercedes can be found HERE

Politics and Law has allowed me to further my understanding of our political and legal system and enabled me to gain new skills which are applicable to many other subjects, such as English ATAR. I personally enjoy this subject as we always learn about interesting and relevant topics. I would highly recommend Politics and Law for students who enjoy learning about how our society functions. Roopanshi Hada, Class of 2023

Year 12 Politics and Law ATAR To access the syllabus for this subject please click HERE.

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