LAWS 3029 Immigration and Refugee Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200298

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Description This subject provides an introduction to immigration and refugee law principles in Australia. Students will be introduced to the basic statutory machinery and policy principles that guide legal practitioners in resolution of immigration and refugee law problems in Australia. The subject will also provide an introduction to the historical, political and theoretical framework which underpins this area of the law, and explore some of the more prominent Australian cases associated with immigration and refugee law.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 3081

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Apply an in-depth knowledge of migration legislation, case law and policy to Australian migration and refugee law problems.
  2. Examine alternative solutions to complex problems in migration law, policy and administrative practices.
  3. Critically evaluate the interaction between the historical, political and theoretical themes that underpin immigration and refugee law in Australia.
  4. Demonstrate ability to practise self-directed learning strategies to enhance learner autonomy.

Subject Content

Introduction to Australia?fs Immigration System
Historical Context
Bridging Visas
Partner Visas
Family Visas
General Skilled Migration
Employer Sponsored/Nominated Visas
Refugee and Humanitarian Visas
Student Visas
Act-based and other miscellaneous visas
Cancellation and Review of Migration Decisions


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Intra-session Exam 2,000 words 60 N Individual
Professional Task 1,500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

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