• Code LAWS4303
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This ‘shell’ course provides a vehicle for students to participate in various different learning abroad opportunities that may be offered by the Law School at ANU in any given year, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. These opportunities may include Law School-led study tours, offshore programs delivered by partner institutions, offshore programs delivered by the Law School, and other experiences.

The topic being offered within this course will vary from year to year, and amount to either 6 or 12 units of ANU course credit. Information on each topic offered within this shell course will be outlined on ANU ‘Courses and Programs’ in the 'Other Information' section of that site. This will include the topic title, information on the unit value, convener, academic session and indicative workload.

All of the topics offered through this shell course would be made available through a competitive selection process. The criteria would be as follows: academic merit in law courses to date (40%); compelling rationale for taking the course, including a demonstrated interest in the country / region / topic offered (40%); and ‘last opportunity’ factors (whether in final year of undergraduate study) (20%). The third factor would mean preference is given, all else being equal, to students who might not be able to undertake a course like this again in another year; ‘demonstrated interest’ can include an unsuccessful application in a previous year.
Undergraduate ANU law students participating in this course may wish to explore whether they will be eligible to apply for funding support through the Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) scheme. The ANU College of Law may apply for NCP funding for certain iterations of this course in any given year or years.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate and apply specialist knowledge within the area of law and/or legal system(s) studied.
  2. Critically analyse case law AND/OR legislation AND/OR scholarly writings on the specialist areas of law and/or legal system(s) studied.
  3. Incorporate social, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into legal analysis.
  4. Synthesise legal research and present findings using a variety of materials and sources.
  5. Engage in original and critical reflection on the law and / or legal system.
  6. Contribute to debates on theoretical, policy and practical issues in the areas of law and/or legal system(s) studied.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar participation 15 minutes (10) [LO 5,6]
  2. Overseas study component Report from supervisor (10) [LO 1]
  3. Contribution to discussion forum (5x200 word postings) (20) [LO 6]
  4. Presentation 15 minutes (10) [LO 4,6]
  5. Final research essay 2500 words (50) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  6. This assessment structure is premised on a 6 unit course, and would be adapted accordingly for a 12 unit course offering. (null) [LO null]

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See 'Assessment': the workload will be appropriate to a 6u or 12u elective course in law at ANU

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB, BLLBA) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor (MJD), and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. Enrolment is limited with selection based on a competitive process.

You will need to contact the ANU Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

These will be indicated year to year depending on the topic selected

Preliminary Reading

These will be indicated year to year depending on the topic selected

Assumed Knowledge

None, but this elective is intended for later-year undergraduate and JD students.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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