Let's Look at the Law was originally available in booklet form with an accompanying DVD, but is now available on this website.
The online version is split into 'Teaching Resources' - with content closely resembling the original booklet - and 'Student Resources', where the student can find summary information in each module and (in some modules) take an online quiz. The original DVD has now been broken into separate videos which can be found in each Student Resource module (full playlist on Youtube).
Let's Look at the Law is a module designed by the Courts Service in consultation with teachers, legal professionals and the national coordinator for Civic, Social and Political Education (C.S.P.E.) at the Department of Education and Science. It provides a dynamic and highly interactive series of lessons that requires no prior legal knowledge on the part of the teacher.
Our aim is to educate students about specific areas of the Irish legal system and to empower them as active citizens of Ireland. Over the course of the module, students will build up a body of knowledge to enable them run a mock trial and organise other action projects.
Of the seven concepts in the C.S.P.E. syllabus, our module relates most specifically to the concept of 'Law'. However, it also touches upon the concepts of 'Democracy' and 'Rights and Responsibilities'. It is relevant, in ways, to all four units of the syllabus, but most particularly 'The Individual and Citizenship' and 'The State - Ireland'.
We hope that interest in our module will not be limited to those involved in the teaching of C.S.P.E. There is much that will appeal to those teaching transition year students, those involved in youth groups and anyone involved in the education of the young citizen generally.
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