• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students:

  • to engage with the codified criminal law of the federal jurisdiction
  • to consolidate and build upon the skills and knowledge gained during their study of Criminal Law and Procedure
  • to undertake in-depth study of specific areas of the substantive federal criminal law
  • to engage with contemporary and emerging issues in the federal criminal area
  • to consider the purpose and role of the criminal law in our society.

The course will take a theoretical, doctrinal and, sometimes, comparative approach both to principles of criminal responsibility in the federal criminal jurisdiction and to offences against the Commonwealth Criminal Code.  Topics will be selected from a range of areas which may include: theories of crime and punishment underpinning federal criminal law; inchoate offences; cyber crimes; drugs and prohibited commodities; corporate and industrial crimes; terrorism and political offences; defences; and federal sentencing law.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the codified principles of criminal responsibility shaping the criminal law of the federal jurisdiction to a variety of audiences;
  2. Compare and contrast the criminal law in non-federal jurisdictions with the principles of criminal responsibility, offences and defences available in the federal jurisdiction;
  3. Accurately and concisely summarise the relevant federal criminal law;
  4. Apply technical skills needed to identify issues and solve complex Federal criminal law problems;
  5. Conduct research with some independence to analyse and evaluate some specific areas of the substantive federal criminal law;
  6. Review and summarise contemporary and emerging theoretical and technical issues relating to the interpretation of substantive federal criminal offences and defences;
  7. Evaluate the purpose and role of the criminal law in our society;
  8. Critically analyse federal criminal law, its principles of responsibility and the context of its administration;
  9. Synthesise and apply knowledge in the development of a sustainable analysis or argument concerning the topic, issue or debate involved; 10. Explain and summarise how different offenses and bodies of criminal law doctrine overlap and inter-relate in relation to concrete fact situations; 1
  10. Work co-operatively and effectively with others.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A written group “Case Note and Commentary”, or alternatively an individual essay (50) [LO null]
  2. A final take-home examination to be undertaken in the examination period consisting of a compulsory problem question (50) [LO null]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1206/LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8310 Federal Criminal Law.


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
2020 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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