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Beenleigh State High School Year 12 Legal Studies Semester 4, 2013 Independent Research Project Research Booklet Student Name: _____________________________ /var/filecabinet/temp/converter_assets/81/82/818206748b6f0a8386d5dd49b75364704c8244af.doc 1
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Collecting Information 1. Collect information from a range of resources including: Books Television Newspapers Magazines Brochures Internet Experts – interview Legislation Survey/questionnaire 2. Put information into a folder 3. Highlight important facts 4. Ensure that you have the source written on each resource USE YOUR TIME IN THE COMPUTER ROOM AND LIBRARY WISELY!! /var/filecabinet/temp/converter_assets/81/82/818206748b6f0a8386d5dd49b75364704c8244af.doc Bit of a Checklist of Information needed: Names of specific legislation Legal and social consequences Why is there conflict? Discussion of both sides of the situation. What are the issues that have arisen? Who is involved ie who are the stakeholders? What does society as a whole think about your hypothesis? Specific cases – current and historically – to evaluate the law and its effectiveness Suggested solutions or recommendations 3
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Guidelines for the task Knowledge and Understanding Define the problem or issue, which you are investigating. State the relevant laws, which currently apply to this issue. Identify, summarise and explain existing state of law (if relevant, in comparison to previous laws or the laws of other jurisdictions), including its sources, function and purpose. Investigation Identify the main legal principles that relate to the topic and analyse whether the current applications of the legal principles to the matters in dispute provide legally justifiable responses and solutions. Analyse the results of your survey and comment on the views reflected in your findings. Evaluation Comment on how effectively the current law deals with competing social interests in our community. Make and justify recommendations for improvements in the law that will serve the competing social interests in the fairest way in the future. What reforms do you envisage as essential? What are the legal and social consequences of these reforms? Are these reforms acceptable to our present society and our current legal system? ie. Justify these reforms (Consider justice, fairness, ethics, and limitations of our legal system) Communication Communication should be sequential and fluent. Ensure language conventions are correctly used and legal terms are stated clearly, concisely and accurately. Requirements of the task a. You are required to choose a current, relevant issue of your choice from the suggested area of study (from the list given or in consultation with your teacher). b. From the topic chosen you will develop a well reasoned hypothesis which must then be negotiated with your teacher.
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