Investigation – argumentative essay

Context
Proctor Magazine is the Flagship publication of the Queensland Law Society. It is a
monthly magazine which a monthly magazine that keeps members, their clients and the
public informed on all aspects of law and legal practice.
The Queensland Law Society are preparing a special issue which will focus on the legal
issues which are of concern to the youth of today. The editors of Proctor have invited
essay submissions from the youth of Queensland to have their say about contemporary
legal issues which they believe requires reform, change, or a new legislative instrument.
Task
To complete this task you must select one of the following legal issues which have been
the subject of media scrutiny in recent times:
● the age of criminal responsibility
● Domestic and family violence
● Legal issues related to technological advances:
– cyberstalking and bullying
– live-streaming acts of violence
● A contemporary topic of your choice negotiated with your teacher
Prepare an argumentative essay whereby you critically analyse and evaluate your
chosen issue.
Your essay should show perceptive application of relevant legal concepts, principles
and / or processes to determine the nature and scope of the selected legal issue
including reference to relevant legislation and/or case law.
You should demonstrate perceptive examination of different viewpoints and their
consequences in relation to current Queensland and / or Australian law.
From the analysis, you should present relevant legal alternatives and propose insightful
recommendation/s through the discerning use of legal criteria.
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2020 – 2021
Week 4: Final response
Week 3: Progress check – Draft response
Week 2: Progress check – analysing and evaluating main points (including
relevant legislation and case law)
Week 1: Progress check – chosen topic and a list of possible sources that
contain legal information.
Checkpoints
Authentication strategies
● You will be provided class time for task completion.
● Your teacher will observe you completing work in class.
● Your teacher will collect and annotate a draft.
● You must acknowledge all sources.
● You must submit a declaration of authenticity.
● You will use TurnItIn to submit your response.
Scaffolding
● Legal terminology suited to an essay to be published in a professional Queensland
Law Society publication
● Legal information selected and organised from a variety of sources (including
legislation and case law)
● Evidence and legal reasoning
Instrument-specific marking guide (AS U2 IA3): Investigation — argumentative essay (25%)
Criterion: Comprehending
Assessment objectives
1. comprehend legal concepts, principles and/or processes of a current legal issue that may require reform to Australian and/or
Queensland legislation
The student work has the following characteristics: Marks
• comprehensive identification of the features of an Australian and/or Queensland law reform issue
• perceptive description of legal concepts, principles and/or processes of the Australian and/or Queensland law reform issue
• precise use of legal terminology.
4–5
• effective identification of the features of an Australian and/or Queensland law reform issue
• effective description of legal concepts, principles and/or processes of the Australian and/or Queensland law reform issue
• adequate use of legal terminology.
2–3
• identification of some legal concepts, principles or processes of an Australian and/or Queensland law reform issue. 1
• does not satisfy any of the descriptors above. 0
Criterion: Selecting
Assessment objectives
2. select legal information from sources relevant to Australian and/or Queensland law reform
The student work has the following characteristics: Marks
• discerning choice of current and relevant legal information from primary and/or secondary sources relevant to Australian and/or
Queensland law reform
• perceptive use of legal information
• consistent and accurate documentation of legal information in the form of a reference list and citations.
3–4
• adequate choice of current and/or relevant legal information from primary and/or secondary sources relevant to Australian and/or
Queensland law reform
• adequate use of legal information
• some documentation of legal information in the form of a reference list and/or citations.
2
• narrow choice of primary and/or secondary sources relevant to Australian and/or Queensland law reform
• use of some legal information
• narrow documentation of sources.
1
• does not satisfy any of the descriptors above. 0
Criterion: Analysing
Assessment objectives
3. analyse a legal issue involving law reform to Australian and/or Queensland legislation
The student work has the following characteristics: Marks
• perceptive application of relevant legal concepts, principles and/or processes, to determine the nature and scope of a law
reform issue that involves Australian and/or Queensland legislation
• interpretation of legal information to perceptively examine different viewpoints and their consequences
• discerning use of evidence to support the analysis.
5–6
• effective application of relevant legal concepts, principles and/or processes, to determine the nature and scope of a law reform
issue that involves Australian and/or Queensland legislation
• interpretation of legal information to effectively examine different viewpoints and their consequences
• sufficient use of evidence within the analysis.
3–4
• superficial description of legal concepts, principles and/or processes, that link to a law reform issue that involves Australian and/
or Queensland legislation
• description or identification of superficial viewpoints and/or consequences
• narrow use of evidence.
1–2
• does not satisfy any of the descriptors above. 0
Criterion: Evaluating
Assessment objectives
4. evaluate a legal situation relevant to law reform to Australian and/or Queensland legislation
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Alternative Sequence
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The student work has the following characteristics: Marks
• relevant legal alternatives presented from the analysis and insightful recommendation/s proposed
• synthesis of information that justifies the recommendation/s through the discerning use of legal criteria
• fluent discussion of the implications of the recommendation/s.
5–6
• relevant legal alternatives presented from the analysis and effective recommendation/s proposed
• synthesis of information that justifies the recommendation/s through the effective use of legal criteria
• adequate discussion of the implications of the recommendation/s.
3–4
• legal alternatives presented and/or recommendation/s proposed
• some justification of the recommendation/s
• discussion identifies some implications.
1–2
• does not satisfy any of the descriptors above. 0
Criterion: Creating a response
Assessment objectives
5. create a response that communicates meaning to suit the intended purpose in an argumentative essay .
The student work has the following characteristics: Marks
• concise expression and logical development of relevant ideas that enhance legal meaning
• features of an argumentative essay genre are consistently demonstrated
• minimal errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
3–4
• adequate expression and development of ideas that convey legal meaning
• features of an argumentative essay genre are demonstrated
• some errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
2
• some elements of essay formatting and inconsistent use of language conventions. 1
• does not satisfy any of the descriptors above. 0
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