Textbook: All About Law (6th edition)
Typical assignments for each unit will include:
Throughout the year, students will be assessed on four areas:
A final summative assessment activity will take place during the internal exam period in June. The weighting of this is will be communicated to students early in the school year.
Mock Trial 20%
Formal Assessments (Tests) 20%
Plagiarism can be confusing to students, so please be familiar with the school's policy. In short, when you use other peoples' words, images and unique ideas, include a reference as to where you found them (APA style)
Make a sincere effort - actively engage in classes and as you do the assigned work, be open to new methods, follow suggestions and improve where you can, learn from your mistakes, get extra help when you need it.
It's your responsibility to catch up, find out and complete homework assignments, hand in work due, and reschedule (as soon as possible) all missed tests, presentations, and due dates if you must be absent.
Late Assignments: Written material is due at the beginning of class on the due date: Talk to me if you are unable to complete your work to the expected standard or timeframe. Give yourself every chance to succeed by being organized and proactive.
Collaborative Work: Much class time will be spent working in groups, either preparing written positions or participating in a role-play or a class presentation. Effective group work is very rewarding but does not occur by accident - it demands patience, co-operation and effort. Group work will be evaluated sometimes simply by observed ability to stay on task and other times more formally by assessment of a group submission.
This is an essential aspect of the course. Active class participation is expected at post-secondary institutions, so now is the best time to develop or improve that skill in the comfortable and familiar environment this school affords. Students should be aware of the distinction between constructive participation and verbal grandstanding and also the need to respect the views of others, particularly if they differ. All students are encouraged to voice their opinions, beliefs and positions though it must be understood that opinions are only as valid as the evidence used to support them; the true test of the success of the process of education is our willingness to re-evaluate our assumptions on the basis of new information. The excellent student will not only be prepared to defend their point of view but also to change it if necessary.