- Class Number 1571
- Term Code 3120
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- AsPr Amelia Simpson
- AsPr Amelia Simpson
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 16/04/2021
- Census Date 05/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 22/02/2021
This course provides an introduction to the study of post-graduate law. It is an innovative course designed to introduce all non-law graduates (and by choice, law graduates from overseas universities) to fundamental principles of law and legal systems. The course includes a focus on both the Australian legal system and comparative issues where relevant and covers the following topics:
• sources of law (including case law, statute, treaties, custom, tradition)
• types of law (including national, international, public, private)
• legal systems (including common law, civil law, international and indigenous law)
• legal institutions (including parliament , courts, tribunals, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and community)
• legal interpretation.
Integrated throughout the course is a discussion of legal pluralism, and law and society. A strong emphasis is also placed on assisting students to develop skills in legal research, citation, problem-solving and legal writing.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a strong knowledge and understanding of the foundations of law, legal systems and legal institutions
- Demonstrate a strong knowledge and understanding of the Australian legal system, including the executive, legislative, judicial and federal systems
- Incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis
- Demonstrate key skills in legal research, legal writing, citation and answering legal problems
- Read, review and analyse legal cases, texts and statutes.
Amelia Simpson is an active researcher in the fields of public law and the intersection of law and public policy. Her research expertise and subject matter knowledge underpins and informs her delivery of this course.
A course reading list containing hyperlinks to online materials will be available on the Wattle site.
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
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).
Extensions late submission and penalties: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Further information about the course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||This is a semi-intensive course that will be delivered in 3.5 hour blocks over 8 afternoons between 22nd February and 3rd March 2021. The course will explore the foundations of the Australian legal system and key contemporary lawmaking institutions. It will introduce students to the basics of locating, interpreting and applying sources of law. There is an expectation that students in this course will attend all online synchronous classes in person and complete all set preparatory reading.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Quiz 1||0 %||22/02/2021||22/02/2021||1,2|
|Quiz 2||10 %||02/03/2021||04/03/2021||4|
|Quiz 3||20 %||15/03/2021||23/03/2021||1,2,3,5|
|Problem Question / Case Note||70 %||16/04/2021||30/04/2021||3,4,5|
* 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.
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If circumstances arise which are beyond a student’s control and they are unable to attend a class, the student should contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible), so that the convenor can adjust their expectations in relation to numbers for that class. If it is not possible to give advance notice, students should send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for failure to attend.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Nature of Task: This quiz is designed to test your understanding of the preliminary readings for the course, and identify any areas that may need more class time and attention. Whilst this quiz is not compulsory, completing the quiz is highly recommended as it will enable me to appropriately assist students who may be finding the reading challenging. The quiz comprises of multiple choice questions accessed and completed online through the Wattle site.
Release: The Quiz will be made available by 10.00am 12 February 2021.
Due date: 4.00pm on 22 February 2021.
Estimated return date: Available immediately on submission.
a) Understanding of the material:
- consults and comprehends the set preliminary reading for the course in advance of the face-to-face component;
- links issues / concepts raised across the various items of preliminary reading.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 4
Nature of Task: Quiz comprised of short-answer and multiple-choice questions. This task is compulsory. Failure to submit will result in a mark of 0 for the task. Due to the nature of this task, extensions are not possible.
Release: The Quiz will be made available by 1.00pm on Monday 1 March 2021.
Due date: The Quiz is to be completed overnight for submission before the next class - ie, by 9.30am Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Estimated return date: 4 March 2021.
- consults appropriate databases for case law, legislation and secondary sources
- employs appropriate search techniques
- understands differences between databases;
b) Citation and referencing
- consults and applies Australian Guide to Legal Citation
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
Nature of Task: Quiz comprised of short-answer questions accessed and completed online through the Wattle site. The quiz is not time-limited and can be paused and resumed throughout the period over which it is available. The quiz is compulsory. Failure to participate will result in 0 marks for this task. If you experience unavoidable and extenuating circumstances and cannot sit the quiz at the due date and time, you should apply for an extension to the College of Law student admin team here:
The College will give you one opportunity to sit the quiz, at the same time one week later. This will be your final opportunity to sit the quiz.
Release: The Quiz will be made available by 5.00pm, Friday 5 March 2021.
Due date: 5.00pm, Monday 15 March 2021.
Estimated return date: the latter of the date on which all students have completed the quiz, or 23 March 2021.
a) Understanding of the issues
- addresses the question and covers all the important points raised by the question
- consults and synthesises relevant reading materials and in-class discussion/materials
- connects material covered in different sessions;
b) Thinking critically about the material
- where appropriate, looks at questions from different angles
- questions assumptions;
- expresses ideas clearly and succinctly.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5
Problem Question / Case Note
Nature of Task: A two-part question (in which both parts are compulsory):
PART A involves students reading a legal case provided to them and preparing a case note
PART B involves students using that same case to assist in answering a hypothetical problem
This task is compulsory. Failure to submit will result in a mark of 0 for the task. Late submission will be accepted but will attract penalties in accordance with ANU Law School policy.
- PART A (mark value: 40% of the marks available for the course)
- PART B (mark value: 30% of the marks available for the course)
Word limit: 4,200 words
Release: The question will be made available via Wattle on or before Friday 5 March 2021.
Due date: 5.00pm Friday 16 April 2021.
Estimated return date: : On or before 30 April 2021.
a) Case Note
- summarises facts and procedural history
- correctly identifies issues to be decided
- summarises court’s analysis of law and correctly identifies principles of law to be applied
- correctly summarises court’s application of law to the facts
- clearly identifies court’s decision
- analyses the policy ramifications and/or social or cultural context of the case:
- using logical and well-organised discussion
- conducting critical analysis of the material
- drawing on a range of appropriate research sources
- reaching well-reasoned conclusions;
b) Application to the hypothetical problem
- answers the question asked
- correctly identifies the legal issues raised from the facts of the question
- accurately states and explains the relevant legal principles
- accurately and persuasively applies legal principles to the material facts, recognising any ‘grey areas’
- reaches clear conclusions;
c) Presentation, style and referencing
- well-chosen structure with good use of section headings and paragraphs
- clear and succinct expression
- full and accurate footnotes
- style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation
- adherence to word limit.
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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.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
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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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Amelia is a public law generalist and has published widely on a broad range of constitutional issues. Her doctoral research explored the High Court's constitutional discrimination jurisprudence.
AsPr Amelia Simpson