The University of Newcastle, Australia

Legal Studies

Study an Additional Teaching Area in Legal Studies for Secondary Education at UON

Make the most of your teaching degree with an additional teaching area in Legal Studies. Students will gain strong legal knowledge, and develop a more competitive skill-set, producing well-rounded HSIE educators. By the end of your degree you will be equipped with the specialist qualifications to teach junior and senior secondary HSIE classes.

Your law courses will develop your knowledge of legal systems and concepts, understanding the ways in which the law functions within societies, including how it impacts and interfaces with social constructs. You'll learn how legal structures and decisions affect people, communities, politics and societies provides enrichment at both personal and professional levels.

An additional teaching area in Legal Studies includes subject-specific courses across a variety of law related topics:

  • broad and critical theoretical knowledge and understanding
  • recent legal theories and practices
  • nature, functions, systems, processes and institutions of domestic and international law
  • operation and dimensions of Australian and international legal systems
  • legal investigation and research skills
  • civics and citizenship concepts

In addition to gaining Legal Studies specialist knowledge as enumerated above, you will also undertake studies directly relating to teaching and assessing in Legal Studies.

What jobs can you get with an Additional Teaching Area in Legal Studies?

Choose an additional teaching area in Legal Studies as one of your core teaching areas to learn how to teach the HSC legal studies course, and junior elective classes. Graduates may find jobs in a variety of teaching and non-teaching roles:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

Legal studies is an area that is highly relevant across sectors and industries. Studying additional teaching qualifications in Economics, Business Studies, Geography, Modern History and Society and Culture will increase your employability as a HSIE teacher.

Gain the confidence needed to equip secondary school students with pathways to further study or employment with knowledge of legal systems, structures, rights and responsibilities.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning about the law, and its application to various sectors of society and culture.
  • Goals to inspire and engage young students with the study of legal theory and practice.
  • A commitment to designing lessons which challenge students to consider the law and its agents from new perspectives.

What do you learn in a Legal Studies Additional Teaching Area?

Study an additional teaching area in Legal Studies and you will learn how to teach the HSC course, as well as junior elective classes. You can study courses in:

  • Legal Principles and Theory: Students will study foundation knowledge in law to inform their teaching practice. You'll learn about core legal principles and processes, including contracts, evidence, legal rights and trials. Your courses will also focus upon how values, ethics and beliefs become formalised as law.
  • The Law and Its Agents: You will also study the various agents that are tasked with writing, reviewing and enforcing the law, as well as the contexts in which they operate. Your courses will examine legal infrastructure from the ground up, focusing on agents including police, magistrates, local councils and the government.
  • Specialist Studies in the Law: In addition to their courses in law, students will study the HSC and junior legal studies curriculum. You'll learn how to structure and plan your lessons, and which modes of assessment are most effective for legal studies classes.

Which degrees include this Additional Teaching Area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study an additional teaching area in Legal Studies.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)