Family - useful websites
Nature of family
Legal rights and obligations of parents and children
Regular sex does not mean you're in a relationship, rules judge
Fears adoption could spark new stolen generation
Hurdles to adoption torn down
Our fear of adoptions is hurting vulnerable children.
Responses to problems in family relationships
Legal consequences of separation
Courier-Mail in hot water over custody case coverage
Family law expert reflects on sisters' Italy return
Net widens on family violence
A Matter of Life and Death
A shameful retreat in the battle against domestic violence
Beaten, homeless and powerless – we can do better than this
Concerns for child welfare with DoCS budget cuts
Terror left Sargun Ragi nowhere to hide - and she was killed by her estranged husband Avjit Singh
NSW domestic violence system overhauled.
Role of courts, etc
Family Law Early Intervention Service - Effective
Surrogacy and birth technologies
Booming surrogacy demand sparks exploitation fears
Paid surrogacy 'should be decriminalised'
The birth of a new era
Nile bill to ignite debate over abortion
Care and protection of children
Child Support Agency pardons parents
We all know how stressed students can get leading up to the Trial exams and the actual HSC. Thorough and well-planned preparation is one method to combat some of this stress.
So to that end, now is a good time to get students focused on preparing for the Trials. Below is attached a planner which steps the students through revision of the course by completing around half an hour study per day. I have used the topics of Shelter and Family, but you could easily replace these for topics that you have completed.
It is also a good idea to give students some ideas on how to study. Often, even some of my most capable students will say that they are not really sure of the study techniques to use. I also included a few ideas at the bottom of the file. I'm sure that you will have plenty more to add. Consider sharing some of your study ideas in the comments section.
See also: Revising for the Trial HSC - Geography
Young People and Crime - Hot Topics video
Study determines numbers of juveniles in detention
Judge backs raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12
Staving off kids' lives of crime
Lack of inmates shuts youth detention centre
Naming and shaming young offenders: reactionary politicians are missing the point
Internet Research task: Determine the effectiveness of Australian law in dealing with issues & remedies associated with alternative family arrangements.
It is imperative that you undertake genuine independent research and in particular you find relevant & current cases, statutes, treaties, statistics & media reports to support your understanding of this topic.
In your research play particular attention to
(a) What are alternative family arrangements?
(b)Why does the law respond differently to different arrangements and what changes have taken place in this area?
(c) The extent to which the law reflects moral & ethical standards.
Focus specifically on same sex and defacto relationships.
Present your research in both of the following ways:
- as notes in the research scaffold provided (this is evidence of your initial research and serves as part of your draft work).
- as a formally written response, properly referenced and with reference to current cases, media reports, etc.
Human Rights - Child Soldiers
Choose a conflict that has involved the use of child soldiers.
National Case Law
… related to the conflict
Congo 'Terminator' turns himself in to US embassy
ICC acquits Congolese warlord
Customary IHL - Practice Relating to Rule 136. Recruitment of Child Soldiers
Human Rights - Introduction
Human rights: the basic rights and freedoms believed to belong justifiably to all human beings.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948, representing the first universal acceptance of the idea of human rights and becoming a reference point of all subsequent human rights treaties.
Define the following terms:
- inalienable right
- natural law
- universal suffrage
- universal education
- self determination
Human Rights links:
Human Rights Research Guide
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Articles about human rights.
Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and politicising the International Criminal Court
Passage of the ‘Excision Bill’ undermines human rights
Immigrant women 'forced' to perform sex acts in Sydney brothel, jury finds
Human Rights Watch
Discrimination bill mustn't die, says Human Rights Commission
North Korea dismisses UN human rights resolution
Human rights declaration dubbed useless
Postpone deeply flawed ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
Resurrecting the fight for a Charter of Rights
Eliminating human trafficking from the global business landscape
Prime Minister announces new program to combat human trafficking
Eliminating trafficking from the global business landscape
Exploitation of workers:
What is child labour?
Cocoa campaign: Stop Child and Forced Labour
Slaves to chocolate - New Internationalist
Bitter life of chocolate's child slaves
Video: Child Labor in the Coco Plantation
Legal Studies teachers would be well aware of the amazing services provided by the Legal Information Access Centre located in, and part of, the State Library of NSW. For all Preliminary and HSC topics you can find a vast array of information to support teaching of the topics for both new and experienced teachers. Research guides and publications have helped teachers and students stay up to date with legal developments. In the past, LIAC has been funded externally and this funding is no longer available. While support for Legal Studies teachers and students will be provided by more generalist services offered by the library, the research guides will no longer be updated. The LIAc website states: "Specialist support for HSC Legal Studies students and teachers will not continue after 27 June 2014, but will be integrated into the Library’s HSC support programs."
LIAC publishes the Hot Topics magazines which focus on one issue found in the syllabus (e.g. Shelter) and provide a range of articles with updated legal information. Until recently these have been published as hard copies for schools. At the recent Legal Studies Association Conference it was announced that the Hot Topics magazines would no longer be published as hard copies, but would only be available online. Thankfully, the LIAC staff are very organised and sourcing the online copies is relatively easy and they are quite user friendly. It would appear that these will now no longer be published. LIAC also maintained a blog of updated information for Legal Studies students with links to articles and updated legislation which will also no longer be maintained. Regardless, the State Library of NSW still has a vast array of online resources and a library card enables staff and students to access their online database of updated journal articles, legislation and other resources.
HSC Online for Legal Studies has relied solely on links to the LIAC Research Guides in previous years. In a political environment that has seen many state and regional office jobs cut in the previous few years from the NSW Department of Education and Communities, the demise of LIAC will have a profound impact on providing updated resources for our students. This will put added pressure on teachers and professional associations (mostly run by teachers).
Refugees in Australia
In the lead up to the Federal Election we are hearing a lot of "Stop the Boats" discussions. It is a good time to revisit this issue in our classrooms. I went past Villawood Detention Centre a couple of days ago. It looks like they are doing a lot of construction work. Many of the older accommodation and administrative buildings still remain, but the whole centre of the property is being redeveloped. Interestingly, compared to about 10 years ago there seems to be a lot less razor wire. There is still plenty of barbed wire around the perimeter but I wasn't able to see any actual razor wire. I guess that is a step in the right direction. There are a couple of different year groups, topics and even subjects where refugees can be discussed:
Year 11 Geography - Population (Population Movements) View...
Year 10 Geography - Australia and the Asia Pacific (Global Links)
Year 10 Geography - Australia and the Asia Pacific (Human Rights)
Year 8 Geography - Global Change (Human Rights)
Year 12 Legal Studies - Human Rights
Obviously you don't want to cover it too often or the students become desensitised to the issue and it loses its impact, but I think it is an important issue to address, whenever you choose to do it.
Deputy Principal at a Sydney high school. Coordinating author of the Geoactive text book series.