6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Day)
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
Topics include: theory of international law; the place of States in international law, including their rights, obligations, status and jurisdiction; the sources of international law and how they are interpreted and applied; the implementation of international law by states, in particular Australia's approach; the nature of international disputes and their resolution; the law related to the use of force by States and self-defence; the role of international institutions; the role of individuals in international law; and specific areas of public international law, including the law of the sea and environmental law.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Critically examine the fundamental principles of international law; the theoretical framework of international law and its relationship with domestic law; the crucial role of States, international institutions and individuals in the international legal system;
- Analyse and interpret international law, taking into account the complexities involved in interpreting and applying its sources; and the political context and nature of international law.
- Compare and contrast some of the different areas of international law; how Australia interprets and applies international law in relation to its own legal framework; the use of force and self-defence in international law; and international dispute resolution;
Communicate effectively, appropriately and persuasively on issues pertaining to International Law;
Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development; and
Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism.
Two mandatory assignments: (i) an in-class test in the semester (60 minutes plus reading and noting time): 20% AND a take-home examination (to be handed in during the examination period): 4000 words, 80%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
See also Unit timetable information
For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:
For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: