• Class Number 5193
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Joshua Neoh
    • Desmond Manderson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Legal theory encompasses any theoretical reflection about law. Within legal theory, legal philosophy, as its name implies, is the philosophy of law. Legal philosophy brings philosophical rigour to the theoretical reflection about law. Within legal philosophy, analytic jurisprudence applies the rigour of analytic philosophy to the study of the concept of law. This course will focus on the canonical works in analytic jurisprudence. The course revolves around one simple question: “What is law?”

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a familiarity with and understanding of those key thinkers about law and legal systems covered in the course
  2. demonstrate a familiarity with and understanding of the main types of descriptive, justificatory and critical argumentation about law and legal systems
  3. engage in an improved form of reflective and critical thinking about the law and legal reasoning
  4. appreciate the theoretical background of a range of legal decisions and contemporary legal issues.

Required Resources

Readings/E-brick will be made available on Wattle two weeks prior to the course commencement date.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

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 details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Genesis of Law Part I: Before Law
2 Oresteia - Goddess of Justice and Birth of Law
3 Hobbes - State of Nature 1
4 Rousseau - State of Nature 2
5 Hart - Concept of Law Part II: The Law
6 Hart-Fuller Debate
7 Dworkin - Rules and Principles
8 Cover - Nomos and Narrative
9 Watson - Legal Pluralism Part III: After Law
10 Foucault - Discipline and Punish
11 Schmitt & Agamben - State of Exception
12 End of Law

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will run from Weeks 2-12. 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

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quiz 20 % 30/08/2022 07/09/2022 1,2
Tutorial Participation 10 % * 31/10/2022 3,4
Tutorial Discussant 10 % * 31/10/2022 3,4
Essay 60 % 03/11/2022 01/12/2022 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

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 Academic Skills 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.


For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 07/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


Details of Task: The Quiz will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions, covering materials from Weeks 1-5. Students will have 40 minutes to complete the Quiz.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 20%

Release: 9am, 26 August 2022 via WATTLE.

Duration: 40 minutes. Once you log into the quiz, you will have 40 minutes to complete it. The quiz will finish automatically after 40 minutes and any open attempts will automatically close and be submitted, so please allow sufficient time to complete the quiz.

Due Date: 5pm, 30 August 2022 via WATTLE. If you experience unavoidable and extenuating circumstances and cannot sit the quiz at the due date and time, you should apply for an extension 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. 

Estimated Return Date: 7 September 2022

Assessment Criteria: The mark for the quiz will be based on the number of correct responses.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 31/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Tutorial Participation

Details of Task: This task will evaluate the student’s ability to engage with the readings as a critical and creative reader, and participate in intellectual discussions about abstract legal concepts. The number of students in each tutorial is subject to a strict limit. Tutorials cannot be over-enrolled. Once the number of places in a tutorial have been filled, no additional students can be enrolled into that tutorial. You must participate in the tutorial in which you are enrolled. You cannot substitute your attendance in one tutorial by attending another. If you miss your tutorial for medical reasons, please email your medical certificate to your tutor. If you have an EAP which states that you are unable to participate in tutorials, please raise it with your tutor to discuss suitable alternative arrangements.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 10%

Duration: Throughout the tutorials in which you have been enrolled. At the mid-point of the tutorials, students are welcome to contact their tutors for feedback on their participation thus far.

Estimated Return Date: 31 October 2022

Assessment Criteria: Assessment Rubric available on Wattle. The discussion in class should (a) be informed by the readings, and (b) engage with what others have said in class. The assessment is for participation, not attendance. Missing one or two tutorials will not, by itself, affect your mark, if you have displayed excellent participation overall. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 31/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Tutorial Discussant

Details of Task: Each student will be allocated as a discussant for one tutorial. The tutor will make the allocation in the first tutorial. The discussant is expected to lead the discussion in the assigned tutorial by, for example, offering a reflection on the readings, or posing thought-provoking questions for the class to consider based on the readings. At the end of the tutorial, the discussant should submit the written notes of their reflection/questions to the tutor as a record of the completion of this assessment task. The tutor will return this document to the student the following week with written feedback. The tutor will also provide a preliminary indication of the mark, subject to final moderation at the end of semester.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 10%

Due Date: In the assigned tutorial. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.

Estimated Return Date: 31 October 2022

Assessment Criteria: The discussant should be able to lead and moderate an academic discussion by (a) offering a reflection on the readings, and (b) posing thought-provoking questions for the class to consider based on the readings.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 03/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/12/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Details of Task: Students must answer 2 essay questions to be chosen from 2 lists of questions, with one question from each list. The task must be done individually. No collaboration is permitted. No additional research beyond the prescribed materials is required.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit this assessment will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 60%

Release: 9am, 28 October 2022 via Wattle.

Word Limit: 2,400 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here. Assessment must be submitted in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files are not acceptable.

Due Date: 5pm, 3 November 2022. Late submission (without an extension) is NOT permitted. Where you have not been granted an extension, any submission after the due date will not be accepted and a mark of zero will be awarded.

Estimated Return date: Official end of semester results release date via Turnitin. 

Assessment Criteria: 

  • Ability to answer the question precisely and concisely 
  • Accuracy in presenting the views of the theorists studied in the course 
  • Ability to engage critically with the prescribed texts
  • Clarity and coherence of expression, including the avoidance of waffle
  • Prose easy to read, and argument easy to follow

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

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.

Late Submission

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 tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been given an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time is provided in writing. Please note that the revised due date is calculated by including weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date are penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the assessment task per 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Joshua Neoh
+61 2 6125 3707

Research Interests

Joshua Neoh

By Appointment
Desmond Manderson
+61 2 6125 5792

Research Interests

Desmond Manderson

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