Publications - Year 12 Politics and Law ATAR
The Association has produced a textbook for the Year 12 Politics and Law ATAR course (Units 3 and 4).
It is published and available now.
Accountability and Rights:
WACE Politics and Law ATAR Units 3 & 4
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New Text released for 2017!
Chapters written directly to the syllabus points
Up-to-date references and rich case studies
Activities for each chapter that reflect the WACE Examination and assessments for the course
Detailed glossary and full index
Written and edited by exemplary and experienced classroom teachers
Electronic PDF version will also be available through Campion and OfficeMax
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of listing the PLEAWA textbook for my students?
Students will have access to a resource that is written specifically to the syllabus, by experienced and knowledgeable teachers of the
course. The text has been written with the needs of teachers and students in mind. Recent and contemporary examples are used wherever
possible. Activities have been written to consolidate understanding of the chapters, syllabus points and reflect the structure and nature of
questions from the external examination. Practice using these formats will help students prepare for the WACE examination as well as
facilitate discussion in the classroom.
Who is the main author of the textbook?
Stephen King has been teaching Politics and Law for 14 years and has taught in the Humanities and Social Sciences for over 20 years.
He has considerable experience developing materials for Politics and Law and sharing them with teachers. He has been a member of the Political
and Legal Educators Association of Western Australia (PLEAWA)
for many years, having served on the PLEAWA Executive before becoming the Association’s President in 2009-2010.
He is currently Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Santa Maria College in Attadale, Perth. He has previously
been Head of Society and Environment and Head of Senior School at two Anglican schools in Western Australia. He has contributed sample
program resources to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) and has had an influence over the development of the
Politics and Law curriculum, particularly during his time as PLEAWA President.
Stephen is passionate about politics and law education and believes that a politically literate and educated youth is the best way to ensure
our political and legal systems adapt in a changing and challenging world.
Who are the contributing authors of the textbook?
Nicol Davis studied at the University of Western Australia where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Industrial Relations. After
travelling she returned to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary).
Nicol is an experienced teacher of Politics & Law, having taught the course for 11 years in secondary schools (Years 8-12) in Western
Australia in both metropolitan and rural schools. She is currently the Co-ordinating Teacher for Politics and Law at Peter Moyes Anglican
Nicol believes strongly in the importance of providing students with the knowledge and tools to be active and informed decision makers
so that they can make a valuable contribution to the health of Australia’s democracy.
Shannon Armitage has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and International Relations & English), Bachelor of Education
(Society and Environment & English) and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Western Australia. She is currently
the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning at Penrhos College.
Shannon is a passionate advocate for active citizenship and has over ten years experience teaching Politics and Law. She represents teachers
on both the Politics and Law Course Advisory Committee and the Political and Legal Educators Association of Western Australia (PLEAWA) of
which she was President from 2013 through 2015. In addition, she has led student seminars, presented teacher professional development
sessions and mentored early career teachers. Shannon is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to reach their potential and she
is very proud that her students have been recognised amongst the State’s top achievers every year she has taught Year 12 Politics and
Who are the editors of the textbook?
Ali Harris studied at the University of Western Australia gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies, Geography and Mathematics,
and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary).
She is an experienced teacher of Politics & Law, having taught the course for 16 years in secondary schools (Years 8-12) in Western
Australia. She is currently the Co-ordinator of Politics and Law at Saint Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in Karrinyup.
Ali has always been actively involved in the development and evolution of the Politics and Law course in Western Australia. She has been
heavily involved with the Political and Legal Educators Association of WA (PLEAWA) since 2005 where she has taken on the challenging roles
of President and more recently in 2016 as Vice President of the association. She has also been a member on the PAL Course Advisory Committee
Ali is a vibrant teacher of Politics and Law, consistently engaging her students with opportunities to interact with politicians and to
pursue their passions in either or both the political and legal scene.
Mike Filer has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) which was completed
at Murdoch University, Perth and City University in Hong Kong. He was actively involved in politics and law at a campus, local, state and
national basis in the past.
He is an experienced teacher of Politics & Law, having taught the course for 13 years in secondary schools (Years 8-12) in Western
Australia, namely in Bunbury and South Perth. He is currently the Head of Humanities and Social Sciences (a learning area encompassing
Accounting & Finance, Business Management & Enterprise, Careers & Enterprise, Economics, Geography, Modern History, Philosophy &
Ethics as well as Politics & Law) at Wesley College, South Perth.
He has actively sought opportunities to extend his expertise. He has been the Parliamentary Coordinator and Camp Coordinator for YMCA's
Youth Parliament WA programme for two years. In Australia through 11 years of active involvement in the professional association, the
Political and Legal Educators Association of WA, and the United States through a six month internship on a successful senatorial campaign in
Minnesota during the 2008 elections. He also works casually for the (Western) Australian Electoral Commission during and after election
Since 2016 he has been the President of PLEAWA facilitating the achievement of its goals to promote and support the teaching of Politics &
Law as well as Civics & Citizenship in schools from Years 3-12. He is enthusiastic to help all students and staff engage with and enjoy
Politics & Law in their schools as well as beyond as active citizens.
Is the textbook available electronically?
Yes. An electronic PDF version will be available for purchase. This has a separate ISBN13 which is: 978-0-9953547-1-5.
This will be available through Campion
How much is the publication?
Our goal is it that the price point is as accessible and affordable to both teachers and students as is possible. As a non-profit we are
only seeking to recover costs and use additional revenue to support the goals of the association and where possible the publication of new
and additional publications.
The RRP for the printed textbook is AU$75.00
The RRP for the electronic PDF version of the textbook is AU$39.99
When will it be available to order?
You may place booklist orders immediately with your schools distributor (see below).
PLEAWA is accepting orders from PLEAWA members and staff at the above link now.
Delivery is estimated to occur from 3 February 2017.
I have to update my booklist for 2018; what do I need?
Stock is available now.
If you list the title and the ISBN13 this will enable your HOLA/school to list the text as the textbook for your course. Students will then
be able to purchase this through regular suppliers and distributors at point of purchase.
Our text is listed with Campion Education and you should be able to place on
book-lists with relative ease. Its PRINTED product code is P12257.
Our text is listed with OfficeMax and you should be able to pleace on
book-lists with relative ease. It has a PRINTED product code of 1283464 and a DIGITAL PDF product
code of 6006531.
Our text is also available for other distributors your school may deal with.
My school starts "Year 12" in Term 4. Can I get it earlier?
The text is in print and available for distribution now.
We are committed to ensuring the quality, accuracy and usability of the textbook we are producing. This requires time for our (full-time)
teachers to complete and so, it is unlikely that it could be available earlier. Please rest assured we are working our hardest and should
earlier printing become possible, whilst maintaining quality, we will make the text available as soon as practical.
What country do you use in the textbook for the 'other country' in the syllabus for 'legislative, executive and
political powers' of another political and legal system, 'the ways human rights are protected' and 'uphold and/or undermine democratic
We have written comparisons for all Unit 3 and Unit 4 syllabus points between Australia and the United States of America. This is the most
popular other country comparison in schools teaching Politics and Law.
Will there be further support material?
PLEAWA will offer an electronic PDF version of the textbook also. Please see above for further details.
PLEAWA also has plans to provide an online component, in time, that may include an e-book version as well as updates with respect to:
'contemporary issues in political power' in Unit 3 and or
'contemporary issues in legal power' in Unit 3 and or
'changing experience of a particular group with respect to their political and legal rights' in Unit 4.
'other country' comparisons with countries other than the USA.
We are considering this for the 2018 academic year.
As a supplier and distributor I would like to order large quantities of the publication. How may I place an
Distributors may contact the Treasurer on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.