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LAW8753 Master of Laws International Law Project

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: International Law Project
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090909 - International Law
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 22 March 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Nicky Jones

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Master of Laws International Law Project aims to give Master of Laws students an opportunity to undertake a substantial project of their own choosing in public international law. The aim of the course is to develop advanced knowledge of public international law and advanced independent research skills, and a refined capacity to convey the conclusions of that research in a written paper. The course contributes to the International Law specialisation in the Master of Laws, and enrolment is subject to the availability of a supervisor.

Synopsis

Master of Laws International Law Project involves a review of the literature associated with a unique project in public international law. Students nominate a substantial project in public international law that may incorporate significant theoretical issues or practical experiences relevant to the student's career development. The research and writing of the project will be undertaken with the guidance of an expert supervisor.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. evaluate developments in an area of international law, and critically examine the relationship between those developments and contemporary legal theory or practice
  2. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the impact of globalisation on the substance, theory and practice of Australian law
  3. undertake, interpret and evaluate legal research using advanced legal research methodologies and techniques suitable for an analysis of a field of international law
  4. articulate advanced knowledge of a field of international law in written or oral presentations.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics and their weighting will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student’s proposed project. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=LAW8753)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PROJECT 100 100 08 Nov 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian.