Year Level: Year 12
Codes: ATPAL
SCSA Syllabus link:

Politics and Law Y12 ATAR

Recommended Background: C grade or higher in Year 11 ATAR Politics and Law
Course Content Description:


The focus for this unit is Political and Legal Power. Students learn about:

  • Legislative, executive and judicial powers with reference to the Constitution of Australia and one other country
  • Roles and powers within the parliamentary system in theory and practice
  • The lawmaking process – individuals, political parties and pressure groups
  • Federalism in Australia.


The focus for this unit is Accountability and Rights. Students learn about:

  • The accountability of the Commonwealth Parliament
  • Accountability of the Executive and public servants
  • Accountability of the courts, human rights
  • Comparison of the democratic principles in Australia
  • Experience of a group in the political and legal systems in Australia
Mode of Delivery: In Moodle and live, online lessons.
Textbooks / Stationery: Refer to the Booklist - Personal Items and Resource List
External Examination: External examination compulsory in Term 4 Year 12
ATAR Pathway: Entry into University