• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kim Huynh
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course addresses three questions. Who is a refugee? What compels refugees to leave their homes? And how should governments and communities respond to them? In answering the first question we will explore recent examples of asylum seeking, state building and international law. In answering the second question we will look at the impacts of globalisation, war, persecution, poverty and environmental change on people flows. In answering the third question we will assess border protection, international organisations, and refugee advocacy. The interaction of concepts and case studies will illuminate the dynamics of political belonging and exclusion in international relations

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. analyse different conceptions of refugees and other irregular migrants;
  2. understand and differentiate the causes of human displacement with particular focus on the global political economy; and
  3. consider and assess ways to enhance international relations, national politics and personal ethics so as to cater for this displacement.

Indicative Assessment

Option 1
3,000 word essay (50%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Take-Home Examination  - 2500 words with 1 week to complete  (50%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.

Option 2
2,500 word essay (45%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Take-Home Examination  - 2500 words with 1 week to complete (45%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Presentation (individual) of 10 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-3.

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A 2 hour lecture, 1 hour video and 2 hour forum for 8 weeks (40 hours). An additional two weeks will be dedicated to research and writing seminars (4 hours). One week will be dedicated to an examination preparation seminar (2 hours). There is no formal face-to-face  contact in the two remaining weeks which will be occupied by structured activities, specifically reading and reflection upon a) the preliminary material [articles on refugee politics in Australia and the Asia-Pacific] and b) their marked and returned essays.

In addition to the contact hours, an average of 6.5 hours per week should be spent preparing for class and for the assessment pieces (84 hours).

Total hours: 130

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POLS2101

Prescribed Texts

A list of recommended readings are provided at the start of the 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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9735 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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