• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

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

  • be familiar with key theories, legal rules and policy issues relating to sentencing in Australia;
  • consolidate and build upon the skills and knowledge gained during their study of Criminal Law and Procedure;
  • be familiar with the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW);
  • be familiar with Part 1B of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth);
  • facilitate the development of oral and written presentation, discussion and argumentation skills in relation to sentencing law and policy.

The course will take a theoretical and doctrinal approach to sentencing law and practice in Australia. The course will familiarise students with sentencing law in NSW. However, a comparative approach will be adopted to facilitate a deeper analysis of emerging issues and core topics. Guest lectures may be offered. Topics will be selected from a range of aspects of sentencing law and practice which may include: theories of punishment, public opinion and public confidence, the role of victims in sentencing, purposes of sentencing, principles of sentencing; mitigating and aggravating factors, sentencing young offenders, sentencing federal offenders, sentencing indigenous offenders, custodial sentencing, non-custodial sentencing, sentencing appeals and sentencing reform.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, explain, critically analyse and apply the sentencing law covered in the course;
  2. Explore and synthesise issues relating to sentencing and prepare oral and written arguments for a legal generalist audience on the topic, issue or debate covered;
  3. Use legal research skills, and interdisciplinary research skills to, access a range of legal materials and other research materials in literature databases and other online sources;
  4. Synthesise and critically evaluate the theory, law and practice of sentencing;

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. Self-test Online Quiz (0) [LO 1]
  2. Tutorial Presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Paper (based on tutorial presentation) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,4]

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) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1206/LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure.

Prescribed Texts

Stephen Odgers, Sentence: The Law of Sentencing in NSW Courts for State and Federal Offences (Longueville Books, 4th ed, 2018) [ISBN 9780648171973]

Student will need to access the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) via NSW Legislation https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/


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

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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
4272 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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