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AIP209 - Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Amy Nethery




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 2-hour class per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour class per week (recordings provided)


The issue of asylum is one of the most pressing and intractable policy issues of our time. Asia has the largest number of asylum seekers and refugees in the world, and among the least developed laws and policies. In contrast, Australia has developed an extensive policy response, and many of these policies have a broad reach across the region.

In this unit, we examine the impact of historical, political and structural factors of asylum policy in Australia and Asia. We evaluate the policy instruments - domestic, bilateral and regional - available to address the issue. We pay special attention to policies addressing asylum seekers who travel by boat. Finally, we assess the geo-political outcomes of these policies, and what they mean for asylum seekers and refugees.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual, and policy debates about the nature and significance of politics and governance, the differences between political systems, and the contexts in which they operate

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of research that deploys political concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, and to a range of readers and audiences

GLO2: Communication


Employ a range of generic and specialist politics-specific digital communication technologies to apply political knowledge, to conduct political research, and to deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of readers and audiences within and outside the field

GLO3 Digital literacy


Analyse and critically evaluate different interpretations of political phenomena. Demonstrate knowledge of the different research methods used to investigate political phenomena. Recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of politics

GLO4: Critical thinking


Employ initiative and creativity when using accepted evidence-based methods of political science to generate approaches and solutions to complex problems of politics and governance at all levels from interpersonal relations to forums at local, national, regional, and global levels

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner, while working in political science

GLO6: Self-management


Analyse and address political issues in both domestic and global contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Report 1000 words 25% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Report 1000 words 25% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIP209 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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