LAWS 3088


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Justice & Society

Course aim

This course examines migration and refugee law in theory and practice drawing upon the international and Australian legal frameworks that govern migration.
It provides students with an understanding of the dynamic and complex regulation of the activity of migration and the rights and protections afforded the migrant and refugee, under international law and Australian domestic law.
It invites students to critically reflect on the nature of immigration, asylum and refugee law; to develop research skills in international laws impacting migration, including international human rights law. It develops the capacity to critically analyse Australia’s immigration policy, the recognition of our international obligations, national security and irregular migration to Australia by sea; immigration offences; refugee protection and administrative justice.

Course content

  • The international legal framework of migration
  • The international concepts of nationality, citizenship and statelessness
  • The asylum seeker and refugee under international law
  • The Rights of the migrant
  • History and development of immigration policy in Australia
  • The Australian visa system
  • Australian immigration decision-making and review
  • Current issues: including migrant smuggling and human trafficking; climate migration.




Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
LAWS 1032 Torts
LAWS 1029 Contracts
LAWS 1030 Law, Governance and Citizenship



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 2 hours x 10 weeks
Seminar 2 hours x 10 Weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Essay, Presentation


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 4C)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

Course Coordinators

UniSA Justice & Society

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