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AIR719 - The United Nations and International Law

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Slaughter




Incompatible with: AIR419
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit explores the potential of international law and the United Nations (UN) to address humanitarian problems in the twenty-first century. The unit begins by examining the idea of international law and the history of International Organisations and the UN. Then attention is paid to the main explanations of why international law can be said to influence state action. We then turn to some cases of UN activity to examine whether and to what degree the UN is successful in addressing global humanitarian problems. We examine the way that the UN acts to address global problems such as international conflict, civil conflict and genocide, global poverty and environmental degradation. As such we examine UN sponsored proposals of human security, collective security, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, human development and sustainable development. Finally, attention is paid to the idea and problems of UN reform.


Minor Essay, 1500 words, 30%

Research Essay, 3000 words, 60%

Class/Online Participation, 10%

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