• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Wendy Kukulies-Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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. Key legal theories of the criminal law will also be introduced. The lecture program is supported by interactive seminars that enable students both to engage with the application of legal principles to set fact scenarios and to consider issues of policy and law reform related to the substantive and procedural law that they are studying.

Indicative Assessment

The means of assessment consists of five compulsory, non-redeemable assessment tasks and a compulsory attendance rule for JD-only Focus Seminars.  Failure to submit any of these five compulsory assessment tasks (or to attend any tutorial without approved excuse) will result in a student receiving an NCN Grade (a fail grade due to non-completion) for the entire course.  Please note, that an NCN will be awarded even if the task that is not submitted is worth very few of the total marks available for the course.
The five compulsory, non-redeemable assessment tasks are:
1. an online WATTLE quiz on the material relating to criminal responsibility (worth 5% of the final mark for the course)
2. a written take-home examination (worth 15%)  and a viva (worth 10%) for a total of 25%of the final mark for the course)
3. a team debate exercise held in the JD-only Focus Seminars (worth 10% of the final mark for the course) and
4. an online WATTLE quiz on the CrimPro material (worth 10% of the final mark for the course, constituting Part A of the compulsory final exam)
5. a formal final examination during the University examination period (worth 50% of the final mark for the course, constituting Part B of the compulsory final exam).
In addition to these five compulsory assessment components, there is a minimum attendance requirement for the Focus Seminars in this course.  The penalty for not meeting the minimum attendance requirement is 5%, that is, 5 marks (out of the 100 marks available) will be deducted from the student’s overall mark.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Juris Doctor and must have completed LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law, or completed LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law.

Prescribed Texts

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

RN Howie and PA Johnson, Annotated Criminal Legislation New South Wales (2014-2015 edition, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2015).


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3090
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3493 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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