Legal Studies (TASC Level 3)

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Legal Studies (TASC Level 3) - An Introduction

Legal Studies Level 3 gives learners core knowledge and equips them to describe and assess essential principles, features and institutions of our legal and political systems, and how they operate locally, nationally and in an international context. The course promotes understanding of the dynamic nature of Australia's liberal democracy, its interactive processes, and the pursuit of equity and justice under the rule of law.

TASC. Legal Studies. Level 3, LST315117, 2020.

Course content for TASC Legal Studies level 3 can be found here.

Independent studies (IPs): When undertaking an independent study, research or book reviews you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research for Legal Studies.

Library Resources
AV Resources
Web Resources

Library Resources

Dewey Numbers

Material found in text format will provide you with a good place to start any research. In Legal Studies the Dewey Numbers that will help you locate information on the shelves are:

340 Law

340.0994 Law in Australlia

342 Constitutional law

342.00872 Australian Aborigines (includes land rights and Mabo)

345 Criminal law

346.015 Family law

Reference Resources

Reference material, can include subject dictionaries and encyclopaedia, yearbooks and almanacs. Reference material can be a way to determine basic information about a new or unfamiliar topic.

For example:

General Encyclopedia

The Library has the following encyclopedia on their shelves:

  • World Book Encyclopedia

AV Resources

The Library has a wide range of AV materials on DVD and as digital movies that can be located by searching the Library catalogue. Please find below a list of suggested resources, ask in the AV Office for extended help.

Web Resources

Be careful what you download and use from the Internet.

Before using information from a web address ensure you are looking at a publication from a legitimate source. Material from the Internet often does not acknowledge the author or creator, does not cite references or footnotes, or include any type of bibliography or reference list. Use this type of material with caution. As part of your research process you need to sort out the reliable sources from the less trustworthy sites.

For further information read the Library Fact Sheet Evaluating Information from the Web.

Australia - Federal



Other sites of interest


Referencing advice: TASC and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard (Author, Date) style for Legal Studies. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Faculty resources: All material purchased by the HASS Faculty are also available for student use if it is not required by teachers. Many of these resources are shelved separately in the Library and may be found by using the Library catalogue. You may need to ask Library staff to bring you some titles.