INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANISATIONS

POL2IOL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In an increasingly interdependent world, international law and international organisations are playing an important part in regulating human activity, both within and between states. In this subject students examine this trend, and its implications for the theory and practice of state sovereignty and international relations in a rapidly changing world. The trend is then considered with reference to developments in international law and organisations since 1945. Special attention is directed to the role of international organisations in conflict resolution, the laws of war, humanitarian law, international environmental law and the law of the sea, and refugee law.  How effective is international law at regulating state and human behaviour? What role do international organisations play in the development and enforcement of international laws and norms?  And how could international law and organisations more effectively regulate the excesses of sovereign states?

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL3ILO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core-Choice subject at 2nd year level for the Bachelor of International Relations

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational law: classic and contemporary readingsRecommendedKu, C. and Diehl, P.F. (eds)LYNNE RIENNER 1998
ReadingsInternational organizationsRecommendedArcher, C.3RD EDN. ROUTLEDGE 2001
ReadingsUnderstanding international lawRecommendedHenderson, C. W.WILEY-BLACKWELL 2010

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To be able to critically analyse and report on the international political and security environment, with a sophisticated understanding of the roles, inter-relationship and function of international law and international organisations.

Activities:
Take-home exam, research essay, online exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. To be able to develop complex and coherent arguments and analyses of the means by which international law is developed, implemented and challenged in the context of international organisations in a nuanced and critically engaged manner.

Activities:
Take-home exam, research essay, online exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. To be able to participate meaningfully in discussions and debates on issues of contemporary policy relevance, and provide recommendations on policy directions.

Activities:
Weekly online group exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. To be able to read and research critically on international law, international organisations and international relations.

Activities:
Take-home exam, research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"This is an interactive seminar so we require a seminar appropriate space, with projector and presentation facilities, AV facilities, flat floor, room for students to move around and work in small groups."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Weekly online group exercises (equivalent to 800 words)20 01, 02, 03
one 2000-word research essay50 01, 02, 04
one 1200 word take-home examination30 01, 02, 04