LAWS12073 - Legal Engagement Placement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will undertake a three-week legal humanitarian mission to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, or to another developing country, in conjunction with an external partner organisation. Prior to the overseas humanitarian mission, you will study appropriate aspects of international humanitarian law; appropriate aspects of host country law and culture; and will develop practical skills necessary to support your overseas placement. Upon return to Australia, you will undertake an analysis and presentation of your accomplishment. You will be assessed prior to departing to the host country; continuously during the placement period; and on the basis of your contribution to a final group presentation.

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 There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Group Work 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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: Student feedback.
Feedback
While in Phnom Penh, too much time was spent on the bus. Practical exercises were very valuable but too few in number.
Recommendation
In future offerings, the working week will be increased to 5 days while in Phnom Penh, most days consisting of one meeting rather than two, to be followed by a practical exercise in the afternoon each day.
Action Taken
The working week was 5 days (except where there was a public holiday) and consisted of morning meetings and afternoon exercises.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Unit should be graded rather than pass/fail.
Recommendation
This feedback was received from a small number of students. The nature of the experience and assessment process, including the routine use of group work, would make it difficult to satisfactorily grade the unit on the usual scale. While noting the student feedback, the grading system will remain unchanged.
Action Taken
No change to grading system.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
A code of conduct should be developed to ensure students comply with the expectations of dress and conduct in a business environment in Cambodia
Recommendation
A code of conduct has been developed in will be implemented during future offerings.
Action Taken
A code of conduct was discussed with students, who adhered to this code in business settings.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Additional preparation in terms of language would have been helpful.
Recommendation
Optional Zoom sessions on Khmer language will be offered by the lecturer prior to departure for future trips.
Action Taken
Optional zoom sessions on Khmer were offered prior to the trip.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Greater variation in food options for those with dietary restrictions woul have been helpful.
Recommendation
Medical dietary restrictions were accommodated for all students. Dietary preferences however may not be able to be accommodated, as this is simply one of the perils of travel in a developing country. Food provided to students was at a Western standard.
Action Taken
Dietary requirements were catered for.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate practical legal experience in familiar and unfamiliar cultural environments
  2. Provide support to clients with limited or no skills in the English language
  3. Demonstrate the practical mastery of human rights and international law concepts
  4. Work in groups to deliver genuine legal support to communities in need
  5. Experience the culture of a developing nation from the perspective of ethical travel.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Group Work