• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Migration

This course will examine current issues that drive Australian Migration Law and policy. Students will consider the role media, polling, politics, the judiciary and outside influences play on the implementation of law and policy. They will examine current legislative changes, and the impact they will have on individuals and society. The course will end with a detailed focus on three areas of influence that are having a global impact on migration law.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Course topics

1.     Introduction to contemporary issues in Australian migration law

2.     Current issues affecting Australian migration law

3.     Recent legislative changes in migration law

4.     Parliamentary scrutiny of policy and law

5.     The role of the judiciary in migration law and policy

6.     Intergovernmental responses

Other Information

For more information and the timetable please go to LLM Program

Indicative Assessment

Indicative assessment:
  1. Submission to government inquiry 40%(2-3000)
  2. Research essay 40%(2000 words)
  3. Problem based take home assessment 20%
An approved Means of Assessment will be available a week prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.

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This is an online course. Students will study online and are expected to devote 10-12 hours per week participating online in Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect, participating in group activities and in individual research and studying.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law (LAWS8651) and Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law (LAWS8652).

Prescribed Texts

As Migration legislation changes so frequently the program does not recommend textbooks which can quickly become out of date.
These are included in the Course Outline  which will be on the Wattle course site one week prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have completed Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law (LAWS8651) and Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law (LAWS8652) before enrolling in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4140
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4405 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 Online N/A

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