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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2010 (On-campus split block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Susan Kneebone


The unit examines the evolution of the international regime for refugee protection and challenges from restrictive policies of receiving countries, including the EU. It compares international refugee protection and other human rights protection. It examines the human rights implications of asylum and non-refoulement, the refugee definition, and its elements.


Upon completion of this subject, students should:

  1. Understand the evolution and nature of the international regime for refugee protection.
  2. Have detailed knowledge of the international instruments applicable to asylum seekers and refugees, including the Refugees Convention.
  3. Be able to compare the responses of different states and regions to refugee issues since the creation of the Refugees Convention.
  4. Understand and be able to evaluate the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers under the Refugees Convention and related relevant international instruments.
  5. Understand and be able to evaluate the application of human rights protection to refugees and asylum seekers.
  6. Have acquired detailed knowledge of the concept of a 'refugee' under the Refugees Convention and of the various elements of the refugee definition.
  7. Have acquired detailed knowledge of the measures taken by receiving states and regions, including the EU, to restrict the conferment of protection on refugees and asylum seekers or to provide alternative forms of protection.
  8. Enhanced oral and written communication skills, including the ability to conduct research and to devise a research project.


Research paper (3,750 words): 50% Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%
Research paper (7,500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Susan Kneebone

Contact hours

24 Hours