Current Issues in Law PG (11466.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Law School||Post Graduate Level|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit may be co-taught with an undergraduate version of the unit.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Synthesise and explain the working of relevant laws in the selected field, the policies behind the laws and their place in the system of justice;
2. Determine the implications of legal issues in the selected field, including where relevant international obligations in that field; and
3. Critically analyse and solve complex problems in the selected field and to explore particular topics in the selected field in depth.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
4. UC graduates are able to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing - apply their knowledge to working with Indigenous Australians in socially just ways
Refugee Law: A legal and social analysis
This unit explores the legal, ethical and political framework of Refugee Law. This course introduces students to a consideration of the legal, social and political context of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol and its application in Australia and elsewhere.
Topics under consideration will include the history of international protection; Australia’s response to Vietnamese refugees in the 1970’s; the place of UNHCR and protection mandates; principles of protection such as refoulement, asylum, temporary protection, burden sharing; grounds of claiming refugee status (race, religion, nationality, particular social group, including an analysis of gender and sexuality); literary depictions of the experience of refugeehood (specifically looking at Thi Bui’s graphic novel The Best we Could Do (Abrams, 2018) and excerpts from Berhouz Boochani’s, No friend but the Mountains (Picador, 2018); and the possibilities and potential of the future of refugee law.
Prerequisites11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G or equivalent.
Equivalent units7869 Current Legal Issues PG
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Summer Semester||28 November 2022||Flexible||Mr Rob MacLean|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Winter Term||30 May 2023||Flexible||Dr Toni Johnson|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Summer Semester||27 November 2023||Flexible||Mr Rob MacLean|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Winter Term||27 May 2024||Flexible||Dr Toni Johnson|
Required readings will be available through the UC library website:
- Crepin, Mathilde. Persecution, International Refugee Law and Refugees : a Feminist Approach (Routledge, 2021).
- Guy Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam, The Refugee in International Law (OUP, 4th ed, 2021).
- Bui, Thi, The Best We Could Do (Abrams, 2018).
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
The unit is taught on an intensive basis. Extensions will not be granted without a formal UC Extension Request Form.
Special assessment requirements
All assessment items must be attempted in order to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit is taught on an intensive basis, with all workshops being delivered in only four weeks. Despite being taught on in a four week period, students should expect to invest the time required for a 3 credit point unit
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Winter Term, 2023, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (215339)
- Summer Semester, 2023, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (215045)
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- Summer Semester, 2022, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (209606)
- Winter Term, 2021, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (202755)
- Winter Term, 2019, Flexible, UC - Canberra, Bruce (190702)