• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Miriam Gani
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course introduces students to the sources of law which define general principles of criminal responsibility, and to a selection of substantive criminal offences and criminal defences as well as to criminal procedure.  The substantive offences include assault, sexual assault, murder, manslaughter, and property offences, whilst the criminal defences  include provocation and self-defence. Students will be exposed to common law sources as well as legislation and criminal codes where relevant. Basic legal theories of the criminal law will also be introduced. The lecture program will be supported by problem-solving tutorials aimed at enabling students to give legal advice as to criminal liability and the resolution of procedural problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of the course, you should have:

  • a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the relevant substantive and procedural legislation and case law;
  • an ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in the context of individual and collaborative problem solving (ie identifying legal issues in a factual scenario, applying the relevant legal principles to those facts and using apporpriate skills of legal reasoning and argumentation in reaching a legally sustainable conclusion;
  • a familiarity with the more important debates about the purposes of the criminal law and the fundamental concepts which it embodies; and
  • an appreciation of the broad political and social forces which shape selected areas of the criminal law.

Indicative Assessment

A team debate, a mid-semester problem-based assignment and an exam at the end of the course.

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Workload

There will be 3 hours of lecture time per week, supplemented by a  1 hour compulsory tutorial which will run in 12 of the 13 weeks of the course.  A further 6 plus hours of private study is expected per week in order to review required reading and to prepare for tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes a Bachelor of Laws or the Juris Doctor program (7330) and have completed LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law.

Prescribed Texts

S Bronitt and B McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (3rd edition, LawBookCo, 2010). 

Preliminary Reading

None.  Consult course outline for Week 1 reading.

Please consult the Course Study Guide.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1626
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2943 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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