AIP209 - Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia


2021 unit information

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




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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 (online)

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.

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