- Class Number 4093
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online or In Person
- Joshua Neoh
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
The course aims to introduce students to a cultural study of law, by exposing students to the humanistic intellectual tradition within the liberal arts. The course will be interdisciplinary. The topics and readings will be centred on the theme of the ‘Foundations of Law’. The theme bears an allusion to the first-year compulsory course that all law students at the ANU have to take: the ‘Foundations of Australian Law’. However, in this elective course, we are interested in a different kind of foundation. We will interrogate not the foundations of any particular legal system, but the foundations of law itself. Whereas the ‘Foundations of Australian Law’ equips students with the foundational skills of legal reasoning, this elective course invites students to take a step back to consider and interrogate the foundational mythologies of law. We will explore the ‘Foundations of Law’ through the humanistic disciplines of classics, literature, philosophy and theology, which present different modes and means of inquiring into the assumptions and aspirations that we ascribe to law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the relationship between law and the humanities;
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the conceptual foundations of law within the humanistic intellectual tradition;
- Exercise critical thinking and judgment concerning the assumptions and aspirations of law;
- Engage with legal materials as a critical and creative reader;
- Participate in intellectual discussions about the foundations of law through a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
- Formulate an interdisciplinary research topic with some independence; and
- Be accountable for their own learning by presenting a theoretically informed and well-structured research paper, with some independence.
1. The Bible (Revised Standard Version, or any translation you prefer)
2. Joshua Neoh, Law, Love and Freedom: From the Sacred to the Secular (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
3. Robert Burt, In the Whirlwind: God and Humanity in Conflict (Harvard University Press, 2012)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Comment on Research Topic Proposal
- Class Discussion
- Student Consultation
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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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: Why is the Bible important in Law and the Humanities?|
|2||Genesis 1-11: Emergence of Law in the State of Nature|
|3||Genesis 12-50: Suspension of Law in the State of Exception|
|4||Exodus: From Covenant to Constitution|
|5||Job: From Obedience to Resistance|
|6||Mark: A New Deal for a New Order|
|7||Matthew: Perfecting the Law|
|8||Luke: Neighbour Principle in the Law of Tort|
|9||John: Hidden Law|
|10||Romans: Not Law, But Love|
|11||Revelation: From Law to Lawlessness|
|12||Conclusion: Sacred History of Secular Legality|
There are no separate tutorials in this course.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mock Essay Exercise (Optional)||0 %||30/03/2022||30/03/2022||5,6|
|Blog Post||20 %||*||27/05/2022||3,4|
|Research Paper||80 %||02/06/2022||*||1,2,6,7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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Moderation of Assessment
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 5,6
Mock Essay Exercise (Optional)
Brief Description: In the Week 6 class, we will have a mock essay exercise in class to prepare students for the final research paper.
Nature of Task: This task is optional, and it has no impact on the final mark for the course.
Weighting: 0% of the final mark
Release: In class on 30 March 2022
Due date: In class on 30 March 2022
Estimated return date: In class on 30 March 2022
Assessment Criteria: As this mock essay exercise is a preparation for the final research paper, the assessment criteria are the same as the final research paper, with one difference. The difference is that the final research paper is in written form, while this mock essay exercise will be in oral form.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Brief Description: Each student will be allocated to contribute a blog post on Wattle in an assigned week. The allocation will be done alphabetically, based on the student’s last name. The list of allocation will be released in Week 1. The blog posts will commence in Week 2 and run till Week 12. In your assigned week, you must upload the blog post by 5pm on the Tuesday of that week. Detailed instructions on the requirements for the blog post will be provided on Wattle.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this assessment task will result in a mark of 0 for the task.
Weighting: 20% of the final mark
Release: The list of allocation will be released in Week 1.
Due date: 5pm on the Tuesday of the assigned week. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.
Estimated return date: 27 May 2022 through the Wattle Grade Book.
Assessment Criteria: The blog post should demonstrate a thoughtful reflection on the course materials for that week.
- an understanding of the relationship between law and the humanities and the ability to demonstrate critical thinking and judgement;
- an understanding of the assumptions and aspirations of law relevant to the content delivered.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6,7
Brief Description: The research paper must be an academic essay with a well-defined thesis and argument in response to the essay question.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this assessment task will result in a mark of 0 for the task.
Weighting: 80% of the final mark
Word Limit: 3200 words
Release: The essay question will be released on Wattle on 1 May 2022.
Due date: 5pm, 2 June 2022. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.
Return date: Official end of semester results release date via Turnitin.
Selection of a relevant and appropriate theoretical framework.
Clear explanation of what the paper is attempting to accomplish.
Ability to evaluate materials critically.
Quality and precision of supporting arguments.
Ability to anticipate and respond to possible objections.
Where necessary, use of appropriately chosen examples.
Clarity and coherence of structure and argument.
Construction of a sustained argument, including the avoidance of irrelevant discussion and repetition.
Clarity and precision of use of language.
Conventional spelling, grammar and syntax.
Avoidance of waffle.
Prose easy to read, argument easy to follow.
Compliance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
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The research paper must be submitted electronically via Turnitin on the course WATTLE site. You will be required to sign an electronic declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your record.
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 test 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.
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Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions 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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