Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores aspects of Australian refugee law and policy in a regional and international context. The subject examines the international and domestic legal frameworks for dealing with refugees.  The subject also considers the political and social context in which law and policy is formulated and applied.  Throughout the subject the role of law in promoting refugee protection is evaluated; areas requiring reform are identified; and strategies for change considered. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their research and writing skills.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSavitri Taylor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMLC or LMGB or LMLGBL or LMLI or LMCL or LMIBL or LML or LMGBL or LMJD or AMIDV or AMID or AMIRL or have permission of Law School.

Co-requisites N/A

Incompatible subjects N/A

Equivalent subjects N/A

Special conditions N/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced comprehension of Australian refugee law and policy

Reading, Seminar Discussion, Take Home Exam, Research Assignment

02. Demonstrate advanced comprehension of international law relating to refugees and asylum seekers

Reading, Seminar Discussion, Take Home Exam, Research Assignment

03. Demonstrate advanced skills in identifying, using and appraising research material relevant to resolving contemporary refugee protection problems

Reading, Research Assignment

04. Evaluate Australian refugee law and policy critically and at an advanced level

Reading, Seminar Discussions, Research Assignment

05. Demonstrate advanced written communication skills appropriate for the dissemination of legal research to legal and non-legal audiences

Research Assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2017, Summer, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSavitri Taylor

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 48 - 49
Five 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 49 and delivered via blended.
"Thursday 23/11, Friday 24/11, Monday 27/11, Tuesday 28/11 and Wednesday 29/11."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2500 word Take Home Exam40 01, 02
4000 word Research Assignment60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05