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‘Unusual’ Laws

As laws relate to values, beliefs and society norms, different countries and times in history produce what we might consider to be unusual laws. For instance, it used to be illegal to dust your doormat on a Sunday; why might this be? (People wore their best clothes for attending church).

  • Students investigate an unusual law. (Note for year 10 students this should be done in the context of contemporary laws of another country). For example, each year school leavers going to Bali are reminded to make themselves aware of the laws and legal processes of Indonesia. To be a good international citizen, it is important to understand that different countries, just like Australia, base their legal system on their own set of beliefs and values. When visiting another country, it is important that visitors inform themselves of the differences between Australia and the destination countries legal system. Use this as a summative assessment investigation.
  • Using the resource Current Trends and Future Laws, students:
    • Identify possible community concerns not currently covered by existing laws
    • Propose a new law to cover these concerns
    • Propose how the law should be applied by the police and judiciary
    • Write a persuasive argument in support of introducing this law.

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