- Class Number 4571
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Joshua Neoh
- Joshua Neoh
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course introduces students to the legal systems and legal traditions of South East Asia in the context of their plural societies, and considers the relationship between law, governance and development in the region over the span of modern history. Among the topics covered in the course include:
• pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial law, including customary and religious law;
• the influence of legal transplants, state-building, and development initiatives;
• critical consideration of theoretical frameworks used to make sense of the diversity in the region;
• key issues relating to constitutionalism and nation-building;
• domestic challenges such as ethnic and sectarian conflict;
• the role of law in socio-economic change in the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyze and critically evaluate the historical evolution of the legal systems in South East Asia;
- Evaluate the role of legal institutions in governance and development in South East Asia, and present the evaluation in verbal form;
- Assess contemporary academic and policy debates about law and society in South East Asia, and participate in those debates orally;
- Access South East Asian legal materials for research purposes and employ a variety of research methodologies;
- Plan and execute complex legal research on issues relating to law and society in South East Asia, and present the research findings in written form.
A Reading Guide will be uploaded on Wattle, with links to the e-brick on the ANU Library website.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Colonialism I: The Straits Settlements|
|3||Colonialism II: The Malay States and the White Rajahs|
|4||Colonialism III: The Opium Wars|
|5||Transition I: UMNO|
|6||Transition II: PAP|
|7||Transition III: Handover|
|8||Postcolonialism I: Federation of Malaysia|
|9||Postcolonialism II: Republic of Singapore|
|10||Postcolonialism III: Hong Kong SAR|
|11||Common Law Tradition: Quo vadis?|
There are no separate tutorials for this course.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Paper Topic Proposal (Optional)||0 %||20/03/2020||03/04/2020||1,4,5|
|Research Paper||80 %||09/06/2020||09/07/2020||1,4,5|
|Online Quiz||20 %||01/05/2020||*||1,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Research Paper Topic Proposal (Optional)
Brief Description: Students will select their own research topic for the Research Paper. Students can, but are not required to, discuss their topics with the lecturer before submission. The discussion should be initiated by email, which may be followed up with a meeting.
Students are welcome to email their research topic proposals to the lecturer for comment. This task is optional, and it has no impact on the final mark for the course. If students want feedback at the mid-point through the teaching of the course, then they should email their research topic proposals to the lecturer by March 20 2020. The lecturer will reply with comments by April 03 2020. The lecturer will continue to be available for consultation, by email and in person, up till the submission date for the Research Paper.
Nature of Task: This task is optional, and it has no impact on the final mark for the course.
Word limit: None
Due date: 5pm March 20 2020 by email
Estimated return date: April 03 2020 by email
Assessment Criteria: Same as the assessment criteria for the Research Paper
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Brief Description: The research paper has to be an academic essay with a well-defined thesis and argument. Students can select their own research topic, subject to one limitation: the topic has to be drawn from the materials covered in the course. Substantial independent research is required for this task. This assessment task will enable evaluation and feedback on students’ capacity in relation to Learning Outcomes 1, 4 and 5. Students will be required to read critically in order to formulate a topic and an argument, and then structure it into a coherent research paper.
Nature of Task: This item of assessment is compulsory and non-redeemable. Students who fail to complete this item of assessment will receive a mark of 0 for this item.
Weighting: 80% of the final mark
Word Limit: 3200 words
Release: Students are to choose their own essay topic. Students can, but are not required to, discuss their topics with the lecturer before submission.
Due date: 5pm Tuesday June 09 2020. Late submissions are accepted but penalties as set out in this guide will apply.
Estimated return date: July 09 2020
Selection of a relevant and appropriate paper topic.
Clear explanation of what the paper is attempting to accomplish.
Ability to evaluate materials critically.
Quality and precision of supporting arguments.
Ability to anticipate and respond to possible objections.
Where necessary, use of appropriately chosen examples.
Clarity and coherence of structure and argument.
Construction of a sustained argument, including the avoidance of irrelevant discussion and repetition.
Clarity and precision of use of language.
Conventional spelling, grammar and syntax.
Avoidance of waffle.
Prose easy to read, argument easy to follow.
Compliance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
The quiz will cover the readings from Weeks 1-6. It will be a 40-minute quiz, with 20 multiple choice questions.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this assessment task will result in a mark of zero for the task.
Release: Monday, 27 April 2020, 9am
Due date: Friday, 1 May 2020, 5pm
Estimated return date: Friday, 1 May 2020, 5pm
Assessment Criteria: The mark for the quiz will be based on the number of correct responses.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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