Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland Second Edition (print and digital)

Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland Second Edition (print and digital)
Stephen Lippingwell / Amy Thompson / Leon Harris / Kim Gibson / Joel Thomas / Donald Smith
Year 11 / Year 12
Business, Economics, and Legal
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Written by experienced Queensland teachers and legal practitioners, Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland Second Edition comprehensively covers the new Legal Studies syllabus and develops the necessary analysis and evaluation skills students need for success in their internal and external assessments.

What’s new in this edition:

  • Complete coverage of the new curriculum including restructured content with teacher support on approaching the new structure.
  • Engaging new, contemporary case studies, and updated examples and legislation ensure students can confidently understand, access and contribute to the legal system. 
  • Extensive Review and Research activities to test students’ comprehension of the topic and encourage deeper investigation and analysis as they prepare for assessment.
  • Comprehensive assessment support including summaries, unit reviews and a range of activities to help prepare students for internal and external assessment. 

What we’ve kept that you loved:

  • An inquiry approach to Legal Studies
  • Written by practising Legal Studies teachers
  • Student-focused explanations and definitions
  • Flexible and innovative print and digital resources that can be combined to suit the needs of schools and their students

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CHAPTER 1 Legal foundations
1.1 Rules and laws in society
1.2 The purpose of laws
1.3 Powers in the Australian Legal System
1.4 Sources of law
1.5 Legal outcomes
Chapter review

CHAPTER 2 Criminal investigation process
2.1 Enforcing criminal law
2.2 Types of offences
2.3 Rights and responsibilities in criminal situations
2.4 Evidence
2.5 Juveniles and criminal law

CHAPTER 3 Criminal trial process
3.1 Hearing criminal matters
3.2 Court personnel in a criminal trial
3.3 Trial by judge and jury
3.4 Defences and excuses
3.5 Appeals
3.6 Barriers to justice
3.7 Alternatives to a criminal trial – the Drug Court

CHAPTER 4 Punishment and sentencing
4.1 The purpose of punishment
4.2 Decisions of judges
4.3 Sentencing options
4.4 Sentencing of juvenile offenders
4.5 Sentencing trends
4.6 Criminal reoffending
Chapter review

CHAPTER 5 Civil law foundations
5.1 Differences between civil law and criminal law
5.2 Sources of civil law
5.3 Resolving the civil dispute
5.4 Civil trial procedures
5.5 Equitable access to the civil justice system
5.6 Class action
5.7 Civil issue taken to an independent authority
Chapter review
CHAPTER 6 Contractual obligations 1
6.1 The need for contract law
6.2 The elements of a legal contract
6.3 The terms of a contract
6.4 Performance and breach
6.5 Remedies
Chapter review

CHAPTER 7 Contractual obligations 2
7.1 Role of the ACL in providing consumer protection
7.2 Unfair business practices
7.3 Industry codes
7.4 Enforcement and remedies – legislation
7.5 Other areas to consider
7.6 Specific industry areas and contract law
Chapter review

CHAPTER 8 Negligence and the duty of care
8.1 The elements of negligence law
8.2 Limitations to negligence
8.3 Categories to duty of care
8.3 Defences to negligence
8.4 Sport and negligence
8.5 Legal actions and negligence issues
Chapter review

CHAPTER 9 Governance in Australia 1
9.1 Legal history of Australia
9.2 The Australian Constitution
9.3 Separation of powers
9.4 Representative and responsible government
Chapter review
CHAPTER 10 Governance in Australia 2
10.1 The High Court of Australia
10.2 The role of the courts
10.3 Legislation and case law
10.4 Specialist courts and tribunals
10.5 Just and equitable legal outcomes
10.6 The accountability of government
10.7 Legal change and precendent changes
Chapter review
CHAPTER 11 Law reform within a dynamic society 1
11.1 The law and the changing needs of society
11.2 Lobby and advocacy groups
11.3 Patterns of crime and civil offences
11.4 Technology and the law
11.5 Transnational and organised crime
11.6 Significant crime and law reform
11.7 Current legal issues
Chapter review
CHAPTER 12 Law reform within a dynamic society 2
12.1 Law reform bodies and commissions
12.2 Royal commissions
12.3 Parliamentary inquiries
12.4 Coronial inquests
12.5 Specialist Task Forces
12.6. Australian Institute of Criminology
Chapter review

CHAPTER 13 Human rights 1
13.1 Sources of individual rights
13.2 Other human rights sources and processes
Chapter review
CHAPTER 14 Human rights 2
14.1 International bodies and human rights
14.2 International treaty obligations into Australian law
14.3 The role of the Constitution in human rights in Australia
Chapter review

CHAPTER 15 The effectiveness of international law
15.1 Overview of international law
15.2 The United Nations
15.3 Sources of international law
15.4 Australia and international law and tribunals
15.5 Contemporary developments in international law
Chapter review

CHAPTER 16 Human rights in Australian contexts
16.1 Australian criminal and civil human rights
16.2 Resolving human rights complaints
16.3 Law reform bodies and human rights
16.4 Specialist interest groups
16.5 Human rights case studies
Chapter review

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Written by experienced Queensland teachers and legal practitioners, Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland Second Edition comprehensively covers the new Legal Studies syllabus and develops the necessary analysis and evaluation skills students need for success in their internal and external assessments. 

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Stephen Lippingwell

Stephen is a teacher who has worked in several secondary schools in Brisbane and Far North Queensland for over 28 years. He is Head of Department for Humanities at Woree State High School in Cairns and is working closely with Indigenous and Pacific Islander communities to increase their engagement and success in education. Stephen has been a conference presenter at the Talanoa Pasifika and the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR) conferences. Stephen has over 13 years’ experience with the QCAA, holding positions of District Review Panel Chair for Economics and Legal Studies.

Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson is an experienced and passionate Head of Department, Legal Studies and Business teacher. She is a successful co-author of several educational resources including Investigating Legal Studies for Queensland 2nd Edition by Cambridge. She has been involved in a number of QCAA roles to support the development of new syllabus documents including an expert writing team and now focuses on supporting implementation through endorsement. She is passionate about teaching practice and her role on the BEAQ Committee to support teachers through collaboration, professional development and conference opportunities.

Leon Harris

Leon has taught in the United States and Australia and was previously a practising lawyer on the Sunshine Coast specialising in commercial and estates law. He has been a member of the Sunshine Coast District Legal Studies Panel and has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and History major), Bachelor of Laws and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Leon is currently the Head of Effective Instruction at Maroochydore State High School and lectures in Legal Studies at Australian Catholic University.

Kim Gibson

Kim is currently teaching Economics and Business at the Koç School in Istanbul and is an examiner for the International Baccalaureate. Before moving to Turkey, he was the Head of Business Department at Shalom College in Bundaberg. Kim has over 20 years of experience with the QCAA and was the inaugural District Chair for Legal Studies in Wide Bay and a member of the Legal Studies State Panel for a number of years. He has also been the Wide Bay District Chair for Business Communications & Technologies and an assessor for external QCAA Accounting exams.

Joel Thomas

Joel has been practising as a lawyer for 10 years. He is currently a Senior Associate at Shades of Gray Lawyers in Townsville, Queensland where he practices in all areas, particularly Family Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Litigation, and Wills & Estates. Joel holds degrees in Economics and Law and is in the process of completing his MBA. He has practised throughout North Queensland and Far North Queensland and is a sessional Lecturer at Central Queensland University in Contract Law.

Donald Smith

Donald is now retired. He was previously Head of Humanities and a Legal Studies teacher at Caloundra Christian College and was a member of the Sunshine Coast District Legal Studies Panel. He also taught Legal Studies at Northside Christian College.