• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gregor Urbas
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define and contrast key features of the NSW common law and the ACT criminal law (namely offences, defences, arguments in defence and general principles of criminal responsibility);
  2. Formulate and integrate substantive and procedural law arguments;
  3. define, explain, distinguish and apply relevant legal principles to a set of facts (ie identifying legal issues in a factual scenario, accurately explaining and applying the relevant legal principles to those facts and using appropriate skills of legal reasoning and argumentation to generate a legally sustainable conclusion);
  4. Do so (see the point above) both orally and in written form;
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with relevant legislation, case law and other course readings;
  6. Demonstrate precision and conciseness in formulating precise statements of legal principle;
  7. Work collaboratively with team members and peer assess the performance of fellow team members;
  8. Contribute to the learning of others (through teamwork, regular attendance at tutorials and contribution to tutorial discussions);
  9. Demonstrate a capacity to discriminate between problematic and non-problematic legal issues embedded in a set of facts;
  10. Reflect critically on and synthesise the more important policy and law reform debates in the context of theoretical debates as raised by the modern criminal law;
  11. Research and apply knowledge derived from the course content and readings with autonomy, judgment and adaptability in order to develop a sustainable analysis or argument concerning particular topics, issues or debates relating to NSW criminal law.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (30) [LO 1,5,9,10]
  2. Tutorial presentation (10) [LO 2,4,6,7,8,9,10]
  3. Take-home exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10]
  4. Oral exam based on take-home exam (10) [LO 3,4,9]

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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Workload

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 the Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed LAWS1201/LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law.

Prescribed Texts

S Bronitt and B McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law (4t edition, LawBookCo, 2017). ISBN 9780455237909

RN Howie and PA Johnson, Annotated Criminal Legislation New South Wales 2018-2019 edition (Lexis Nexis; note, updated yearly). ISBN 9780409349320

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4830
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6420
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
2912 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View
4153 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View

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