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impulsebro89

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Hello everyone,
just a quick question here, I understand that many of the essay questions in the hsc exam stem from the "students learn to" part of the syllabus, but are ALL the dot points under the "students learn to" sub-heading potential essay questions or are there only specific ones? Is so, which ones are the main ones?
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NowYouTseMe

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imo anything with a higher order directive term like discuss, evaluate, assess could be a good essay question. Also, the themes and challenges and the principal focus could and have been known to be incorporated into essay questions.
 

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Some from the last few years have been mainly:
"To what extent are courts the only means of achieving justice within the criminal justice system?"
"Assess the role discretion plays in the sentencing and punishing of offenders." and;
"To what extent does the criminal justice investigation process balance the rights of victims, suspects and society?"
 

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If it's in the "Students Learn To" section, they can ask it as a question by adding a directive verb at the front (typically evaluate or assess if it's not already there). Be prepared for basically every question.

However, the HSC typically offers a wide scope when it comes to the crime essay questions (take 2017's exam for instance - that was one of the broadest questions I've ever seen). Don't be too worried about them asking you questions on EXTREMELY specific things like "Assess the roles of alternative methods of sentencing" - again, they give a wide scope.

Most specific questions asked to date would probably be the transnational crime and discretion in the sentencing and punishment process questions - and even those were pretty damn broad or were easy to talk about.

Rule of thumb - just know theory (including associated laws) well enough and have at minimum one case and one article/stat for every dotpoint (towards the HSC, you'll remember more of course).

Also, they often combine "Student Learn To" dotpoints together - take the transnational crime question for example:
- "Describe the various measures used to deal with international crime." is the dotpoint. The question was "Describe the various measures used to deal with transnational crime."


One more thing - they can throw in curveballs and ask ANY question they want (2017 for example), but I would not worry about that because they usually never mess with kids 2 years in a row.
 
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