- Class Number 4612
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Mark Nolan
- Prof Mark Nolan
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
The Prison Legal Literacy Clinic offers students a unique opportunity to work with detainees in a prison setting at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). The AMC is the Australian Capital Territory's only adult prison, accommodating all persons who have been sentenced to full-time imprisonment or remanded in custody by ACT Courts.
The Prison Legal Literacy Clinic was developed from the highly successful ANU College of Law, Law Reform and Social Justice Prison Legal Literacy Program which commenced in 2010.
Students in the Prison Legal Literacy Clinic will attend the AMC to deliver six legal literacy sessions for a cohort of detainees chosen by AMC management. These sessions provide legal information only, rather than legal advice. The first session focuses on establishing mutually agreed rules and boundaries, developing respectful relationships and identifying areas of legal interest to detainees that will become the topics for the remaining five sessions. These topics are as diverse as detainees interests but may involve laws and legal process relating to criminal law, evidence, sentencing, appeals, parole, administrative law, human rights law and tort law. Many topics require students to convey an understanding of the democratic process of law making, the federal system of law as well as the hierarchy and jurisdiction of courts and tribunals. The emphasis is on students working as a team to develop informative, engaging and interactive sessions. Student are required to undertake significant research in each week of the session delivery phase of the course, often in areas of law that are unfamiliar to them. Detainees who complete the program are presented with a certificate in the final session acknowledge their efforts.
Students will be provided with Security Awareness Training by the AMC and supported before and during the delivery stage of the program by the course convenor who will be present at, and guide the delivery of, each of the Legal Literacy Sessions at the AMC.
Following the delivery of six sessions (in the first 6 weeks of the semester) students are required to submit a reflective assessment. Students will then use the remaining six weeks of the semester to write a research paper on a legal topic they have identified from their experience with detainees within the AMC. Students will be supported to develop and hone their research papers in research workshops that will be held in the second half of the semester.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Review how legal knowledge can be used to empower detainees, improve detainee experiences and promote social justice
- Reflect on their personal motivation for studying law, their goals and career aspirations.
- Develop and apply a coherent body of substantive legal knowledge in the preparation delivery and evaluation of legal education workshops delivered to detainees.
- Evaluate a variety of social issues of justice, power and disadvantage, and to critically analyse entrenched issues of injustice in the legal system.
- Research and evaluate range of legal practice approaches having regard to the legal needs of detainees
- Investigate and evaluate the predicament of detainees having regard to the operation of the law and the legal system.
- Select and review concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote access to justice and equality before the law.
- Identify, plan, manage and execute a written research project addressing a problem relating to detainee experiences and/or the prison setting, and present findings using a variety of media
Legal, human rights, and evidence-based research on correctional management and the dynamics of correctional environments, including monitoring of prisons will be used to stimulate students to write a research essay of their own choosing.
1 x 3 hour Security Awareness Training at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC, the Canberra prison); 6 x 1.5 hours teaching visits to the Alexander Maconochie Centre; all travelling by the ANU Carshare bus.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
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Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Prison Visit||Participation Mark|
|2||Prison Visit||Participation Mark|
|3||Prison Visit||Participation Mark|
|4||Prison Visit||Participation Mark|
|5||Prison Visit||Participation Mark|
|6||Prison Visit||Participation Mark|
|7||Own study / Preparation of Essay / Research Workshop||Reflective Journal Due|
|8||Own study / Preparation of Essay|
|9||Own study / Preparation of Essay|
|10||Own study / Preparation of Essay / Research Workshop||Oral Presentation|
|11||Own study / Preparation of Essay|
|12||Own study / Preparation of Essay / Research Workshop|
There are no tutorials but there are preparation sessions required after each of the 6 weekly prison visits and ad hoc meetings may be arranged to support your project research and writing.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation in planning and delivery of 6 legal literacy sessions at the AMC||10 %||05/04/2019||23/04/2019||3|
|Reflective Journal||20 %||24/04/2019||31/05/2019||2|
|Works in Progress Research Project Oral Presentation||10 %||17/05/2019||31/05/2019||8|
|Research Project||60 %||17/06/2019||04/07/2019||1,4,5,6,7,8|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 3
Participation in planning and delivery of 6 legal literacy sessions at the AMC
Details of task: Students' participation in preparation and delivery of all 6 legal literacy sessions at the AMC will be assessed each week.
Nature of Task: Failure to participate in all sessions will result in a 0 for this task unless there are documented extenuating circumstances.
Due date: Ongoing. 6 weekly visits on Fridays from 1 March to 5 April 2019
Estimated return date: 23 April 2019, via an email discussing performance against criteria and a debriefing and feedback session with the convenor at the end of the visits. Feedback on each visit will be given in our weekly collective debrief and any individual feedback (though not a weekly mark) to an individual student that the convenor deems necessary each week will be given to the individual via email, phone call or face-to-face meeting, and, any student can seek individual feedback from the convenor at anytime.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2
Details of Task: Students are to keep a reflective journal detailing their thoughts and feelings about preparing for and delivering the legal literacy sessions in the prison. Around 220 words relating to each of the 6 weekly visits is expected, relating to each of the assessment criteria listed below. The overall word count of all reflections should not exceed 1300 words.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete the task will result in a 0 for this task.
Word limit: 1300 words maximum
Due date: 24 April 2019 at 23.55 via Wattle dropbox. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Feedback by 31 May 2019 via WATTLE.
- insight into the challenges of making legal information accessible
- thoughts about which activities and tasks worked out the best and why
- personal reactions about prisoners' knowledge and opinions
- personal observations and reactions to prison processes
- reflection about interpersonal dynamics and professionalism
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 8
Works in Progress Research Project Oral Presentation
Details of Task: Students will present an oral presentation on their self-chosen topic for their research essay.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to give an oral presentation will result in a 0 for this task.
Timing: 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions.
Due date: Research Workshop Week 10 - 17 May 2019. Late presentations (without an extension) will not be permitted.
Estimated return date: 31 May 2019 via email.
- Articulation of research question;
- Articulation of a research methodology'
- Presentation quality;
- Linking project to visits experiences or impressions;
- Linking project to policy debates in corrections
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5,6,7,8
Details of task: Students to design their own research topic, research question and methodological approach and write an essay on some aspect of correctional policy, controversy or dynamic.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to submit the essay will result in a 0 for this task.
Word limit: 3900 words
Due date: by 23:55 on 17 June 2019 via Turnitin. Late submission (without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: After final results are released on 4 July 2019 via Turnitin.
- Articulation of research question;
- Articulation of methodology;
- Research and use of sources;
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Criminal Law and Procedure, Federal Criminal Law, Legal Psychology.
Prof Mark Nolan