How laws are changed
2 lessons
Syllabus Outcomes:
5.1 analyses the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a range of consumer, financial, business, legal and employment contexts
5.2 examines the role of law in society
5.1 works independently and collaboratively to meet individual and collective goals within specified timelines
Students learn about:
- how laws are changed
Students Learn to:
- discuss why laws change, how they change and the effect of the changes using contemporary case studies
- examine the political process leading to legislative change
Indicators of learning – By the end of this lesson students will be able to...
- recognise the need for changing laws to reflect societies needs
- provide examples of laws that have changed and explain why they have changed
- explian step-by-step how laws are changed/amended in parliament
- oultine the role of the Australian Law Reform Commission
- Student participation during class discussion
- Students completed work
Lesson Plan
10 mins – Introduction
15 mins – Text review and activities
20 mins – Group work
10 mins – Internet research activity
Text Page
Pg 90 - 91
Glossary of Terms:
Define the following in your glossary of terms in the back of your workbook
- Amendment
- Lobby group
In the previous lesson we learnt that laws are influence by the moral and ethical standards of the society for which they are made, and are subject to change, as a result of the ever evolving nature of society’s moral and ethical development. This lesson we will look at the formal means by which laws are changed to reflect society’s needs.
During your time at school a number of rules have changed. Discuss three previous rules, how they were amended and the reasons for these changes. Complete answers in workbook.
Text Review
Read pages 90 – 91 of your text and complete the following:
1. Discuss the issues of conflicting interests held by both stakeholders (at least 6 lines)
2. Research and provide an overview of Australia’s policy on the rating and sale of video games which contain graphic violence.
3. What is your opinion of the PAV’s proposed laws? Explain your answer.
Group Work:
In groups of 2 – 3, place yourselves in the shoes of the government and decide on how you would deal with the following issues.
1. Underage-drinking
2. Truanting
3. Stealing from a shop
List your suggestions and justify your answers in your workbooks.
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Internet Research Activity:
Investigate the role of the Australian Law Reform Commission (hyperlink provided below) and write a paragraph summarising their responsibilities.
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As the use of social netwroking systems becomes more prevalent, so to do the laws need to change to protect those who use such sites. What laws and/or rules are in place to protect the users of Facebook? What issues arise from the development of social networking sites such as facebook? Why do you think it would be difficult for law makers to create laws that deal with technological issues?
As a result of the social media revolution the Catholic Education Office (CEO) has had to create policies of their own to promtect both students and staff when using sites such as Facebook. Read throught the policy (avaliable below) and discuss as a class how a policy such as this reflects change in social interaction and the need for documents such as this to protect both staff and students.