AIP209 - The Politics of Asylum in Australia and Asia


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), 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 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


The issue of asylum is one of the most pressing and intractable policy issues of our time. In this unit, we examine the historical, political and structural factors that shape asylum policy in Australia and Asia. We examine the reasons people flee and their pathways to protection. We evaluate the policy instruments - domestic, bilateral and regional – deployed by states to respond to people seeking asylum. We pay special attention to policies designed to deter people seeking asylum by boat. We evaluate these policies against international law and human rights standards. We investigate the role of non-government organisations, such as the UNHCR and IOM, and regional instruments such as the Bali Process. Finally, we assess the geo-political outcomes of these policies; what they mean for Australia’s relationships in the Asian region; and what they mean for asylum seekers and refugees.

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