VCE Legal Studies: A focus on committees
On Wednesday 28 July, Community Engagement hosted a professional learning webinar for 70 VCE Legal Studies teachers, students and preservice teachers. Providing teachers and students with an opportunity to step outside the textbook and expand their knowledge of Committees in the law-making process was the aim of the session. With the support of Parliamentary Committee Managers Yuki Simmonds and Patrick O’Brien, the online discussion explored the role of committees in the law-making process, and provided insights on how individuals, organisations, courts and the media can inﬂuence and affect this process.
Attendees were interested to learn about current and recent examples from committees, discussing the reasons for law reform, the process of forming recommendations, and how committees enable Parliament’s ability to respond to law reform.
Teachers were then able to engage in an interactive discussion facilitated by an expert VCE Legal Studies teacher Adam Brodie-McKenzie, where they reflected on key discussion points from the panel and explored how they related to Unit 4 Legal Studies curriculum.
Upskilling teachers and students in the form of professional learning and educational resources, is an area of focus for Carolyn Scott and Narelle Wood our Community Projects Coordinators. Over the next 12 months, they will be working to develop of a range of educational resources and professional learning opportunities in civics and citizenship education, for both primary and secondary school students and teachers.
The following resource provides a useful overview of parliamentary committees in VIctoria, including an explanation of the kinds of committees in operation, a printable infographic that describes the committee process, and a listing of current inquiries (as at July 2021).