• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anthony Hopkins
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to:

  • be familiar with the sentencing process and 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 sentencing legislation and case law that guides the exercise of the sentencing discretion in State, Territory and Commonwealth jurisdictions;
  • facilitate the development of oral and written presentation, discussion and argumentation skills in relation to sentencing law, process, policy and reform.

The course will take a practical, doctrinal, theoretical and critical approach to the study of sentencing law and practice in Australia. The course will familiarise students with legislation and case law that guides the exercise of the sentencing discretion in State, Territory and Commonwealth jurisdictions. A comparative approach will be adopted to facilitate a deeper analysis of emerging issues and core topics. Guest lectures and/or interviews 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 Indigenous offenders, sentencing federal offenders, custodial sentencing, non-custodial sentencing, sentencing appeals as well as sentencing reform and innovation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, explain, critically analyse and apply the sentencing law, purposes, principles and processes covered in the course;
  2. Explore and synthesise issues relating to sentencing law and practice and prepare oral and written arguments 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, including arguments for reform and innovation;

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. Online Multiple Choice Exam (10) [LO 1]
  2. Oral Presentation/Sentencing Submission (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Project (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 (ALLB, BLLBA), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure; OR Juris Doctor (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

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4170
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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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