- Class Number 4092
- 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
This course introduces students to the legal systems and legal traditions of South East Asia in the context of their plural societies, and considers the relationship between law, governance and development in the region over the span of modern history, with an emphasis on current issues in law and society.
The course will cover key literature and pressing issues concerning law, governance and development (and the development of law) in the region, including:
- pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial law, including customary and religious law, and the impact of these on law and society at the present time;
- the influence of legal transplants, state-building, and development initiatives;
- critical consideration of theoretical frameworks used to make sense of a diversity of social, economic and political conditions in the region;
- key issues relating to constitutionalism and nation-building, including representative democracy, and political movements;
- domestic challenges such as ethnic and sectarian conflict;
- the role of law in bringing socio-economic change in the developmental states of the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and explain the contemporary shape and historical evolution of the legal systems and constitutional structures of South East Asian states;
- Critically analyse South East Asian laws and explain the role of legal institutions in achieving justice and development in the region;
- Assess, distinguish and critically evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about ‘legal pluralism’, ‘legal traditions’, ‘legal transplants’, ‘good governance’, ‘rule of law’, and ‘constitutionalism’; and
- Access South East Asian legal materials and employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research on the subject.
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship on issues relating to law and society in South East Asia.
Federal Constitution of Malaysia
Constitution of the Republic of Singapore
Basic Law of Hong Kong
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). 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.
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 and updates relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Malaysia: Federal Constitution, Part I|
|3||Malaysia: Federal Constitution, Part II|
|4||Malaysia: Federal Constitution, Part IV|
|5||Malaysia: Federal Constitution, Part IX|
|6||Singapore: Constitution, Parts I-IV|
|7||Singapore: Constitution, Part V|
|8||Singapore: Constitution, Part VI|
|9||Hong Kong: Basic Law, Ch I-III|
|10||Hong Kong: Basic Law, Ch IV|
|11||Hong Kong: Basic Law, Ch VIII|
There are no separate tutorials for this course.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mock Essay Exercise (Optional)||0 %||31/03/2022||31/03/2022||1,2,34,5|
|Blog Post||20 %||*||27/05/2022||1,2,3|
|Research Paper||80 %||02/06/2022||*||1,2,34,5|
* 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:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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.
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: 1,2,34,5
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 31 March 2022
Due date: In class on 31 March 2022
Estimated return date: In class on 31 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: 1,2,3
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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 content and the ability to critically analyse the legal systems and constitutional structures of South East Asian states; and
- the ability to critically evaluate applicable law and policy debates relevant to South East Asia.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,34,5
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: 4800 words
Release: The essay question will be released on Wattle on 1 May 2022.
Due date: 5pm, 2 June 2022 via Turnitin. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students