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Cambridge Making and Breaking the Law VCE Units 1&2


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Cambridge Making and Breaking the Law comprehensively covers the 2018 VCE Study Design while incorporating practical features and an authoritative understanding of legal studies in Victoria that makes it an effective and accessible resource.

  • Comprehensively addresses the principles and directions of the 2018 VCE Study Design and provides extensive coverage of the substantial changes to the study.
  • Incorporates recent legislative changes and the latest data and statistics to ensure students have access to the most up-to-date information available.
  • Provides valuable insight into real-life applications of the law through news reports and case studies on contemporary issues.
  • Progressively builds the knowledge and skills required for success and supports exam preparation with end-of-chapter summaries, revision questions and practice exam questions.
  • Brings Legal Studies to life through rich media, pop-up glossary definitions, interactive activities and more in the Interactive Textbook.

PDFs updated November 30th, 2018.

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Complete textbook [PDF 40.2Mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

Preliminary pages [PDF 0.7Mb]

Chapter 1 - Guilt and liability [PDF 3.5Mb]

Chapter 2 - Presumption of innocence [PDF 1.9Mb]

Chapter 3 - A criminal offence: theft, robbery and burglary [PDF 1.7Mb]

Chapter 4 - A criminal offence: murder and other forms of homicide [PDF 2.7Mb]

Chapter 5 - Civil liability [PDF 1.6Mb]

Chapter 6 - An area of civil law: negligence [PDF 2.2Mb]

Chapter 7 - An area of civil law: defamation [PDF 1.9Mb]

Chapter 8 - Sanctions [PDF 5.4Mb]

Chapter 9 - A criminal case: Theft of car with baby inside [PDF 2.0Mb]

Chapter 10 - A criminal case: shooting murder of a father [PDF 2.7Mb]

Chapter 11 - Remedies [PDF 3.1Mb]

Chapter 12 - A civil case: mental health exclusion in travel insurance leads to discrimination [PDF 2.6Mb]

Chapter 13 - A civil case: exposure to asbestos during employment caused cancer [PDF 3.4Mb]

Chapter 14 - Rights [PDF 3.6Mb]

Chapter 15 - Impact on the protection of rights in Australia [PDF 2.2Mb]

Glossary and Index [PDF 0.1Mb]

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Chapter 1

Parliament of Australia
Magistrates' Court of Victoria

Chapter 2

Australian Law Reform Commission

Chapter 3

Victorian Crime Statistics Agency
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Australian Institute of Criminology

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Electronic Frontiers Australia

Chapter 8

Human Rights Commission of Victoria
Environment Protection Agency
Supreme Court of Victoria
County Court of Victoria
Corrections, Prisons & Parole Victoria
Victorian Government
Sentencing Advisory Council of Victoria

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal
Mental Health Tribunal
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
Financial Services Ombudsman
Consumer Affairs Victoria

Chapter 13

Australian Mesothelioma Registry

Chapter 14

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents
United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commission
Department of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet
Australian Human Rights Commission
Government of India
Attorney-General's Department of Australia

Chapter 15

Australian Electoral Commission

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Tim Lee, David Adam, Julie Cain, Nicholas Ford, Luisa Lipsia, Angelos Mavridis, Michael McCallum