LAWS12070 - Public International and Human Rights Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Globalisation, economic liberalisation and technological advances have in the last three decades facilitated greater interaction and cooperation among States in ways never seen before. There is a greater awareness among States of their interdependence and the need for a concerted response to global issues such as global warming, environmental degradation, humanitarian crises, international refugees, human rights violations, rogue States, terrorism, military adventurism, and pandemics. In this era and context, Public International Law, which provides a regime of legal rules that governs the conduct and relations of sovereign States, and Human Rights Law have gained increasing importance. This unit will introduce you to Public International and Human Rights Law and their importance in the current legal and economic international order. It covers such topics as the sources of international law; subjects of international law; statehood and recognition of States and governments; territorial sovereignty; the law of the sea; international trade law; State responsibility; human rights and self-determination; international criminal justice; the law of treaties; and use of force.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: LAWS11057, LAWS11059, LAWS11061, LAWS11062, LAWS11063, LAWS11064, LAWS11060 and (LAWS11065 or LAWS12055)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 67.69% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Evaluation Report
Feedback
Group Presentations
Recommendation
Some students felt that doing group presentations, which were part of the assessments, during the tutorials deprived them of learning opportunities. This might be partly correct, although the group presentations at which there were discussions and questions-and-answers actually provided learning opportunities. Perhaps in future if there are group presentations, these might have to be set in addition to the class tutorials.
Action Taken
Given the problems that were encountered in having group presentations in T3 (2016), all assessments in T3 (2018) were individual.
Source: Unit Evaluation Report
Feedback
Group Work
Recommendation
There were those who had the view that group assessments disadvantaged the more committed and academically-inclined students. In future, if there are group assessments -- which are in fact crucial to developing teamwork -- they should comprise only 25%-30% of the final grade.
Action Taken
Given the problems that were encountered in having group presentations in T3 (2016), all assessments in T3 (2018) were individual.
Source: Unit Evaluation Report
Feedback
Assessments
Recommendation
The unit employed an innovative integrated assessment system, involving three assessments that revolved around one major topic chosen by students. It was hypothesised that the innovative assessments would lead to higher student involvement and better unit completions. These results were achieved, given the 100% unit completion rate. However, the student feedback was not positive. Hence, in future, sticking to traditional modes of assessments is likely to lead to better student evaluations, although unit completions might not be as high.
Action Taken
The assessments in T3 (2018) were conventional, comprising a final take-home paper (50% of the grade), a mid-term paper (40% of the grade), and 10 weekly quizzes (10% of the grade).
Source: Student evaluation and emails
Feedback
Quizzes
Recommendation
The ten weekly quizzes across the term generated a very positive response from students. The quizzes, comprising 10% of the grade, compelled students to actively engage with the unit every week. The quizzes were also the basis for in-depth discussion of key concepts during the weekly tutorials. Hence, quizzes should remain as part of the unit assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation and emails
Feedback
Weekly tutorials
Recommendation
Students were very pleased with the breadth and depth of tutorial discussions, as well as the high level of student engagement and participation that the tutorial offered. Intensive and engaging weekly tutorials should continue to be key features of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Marking feedback
Recommendation
Students appreciated the timely and detailed feedback and suggestions that were provided to the mid-term assessment. These assisted students in preparing for the final assessment. Detailed and timely feedback of key unit assessments should remain an important task of unit coordinators.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss and explain key topics of Public International and Human Rights Law, such as: the sources and subjects of international law; statehood and State sovereignty; international trade law; State responsibility; human rights and self-determination; and the law of treaties
  2. Discuss, explain and apply key principles of Public International and Human Rights Law to real and theoretical contexts
  3. Critically analyse, research and provide solutions to practical and theoretical questions concerning Public International and Human Rights Law.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment