• Class Number 5663
  • Term Code 2940
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • AsPr Phillip Drew
  • LECTURER
    • AsPr Phillip Drew
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 09/04/2019
  • Class End Date 24/05/2019
  • Census Date 19/04/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 09/04/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course focusses on some of the legal and, to a lesser extent institutional, issues related to the conduct of United Nations peace operations (broadly defined) within the context of use of force by UN mandated or authorised forces.

Emphasis is placed on examining issues such as the role and powers of the UN Security Council, UNSC Resolution interpretation, UN peace operations doctrine, Rule of Law and the inevitable enmeshing of domestic and international law inherent in such operations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced, specialised understanding of international law as it applies to UN peacekeeping operations;
  2. Analyse and critically engage with a number of UN peacekeeping operations case studies;
  3. Contribute to discussion, debate and analysis of the course topics informed by relevant scholarship and operational experience; and
  4. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.

Additional Course Costs

This course is an intensive course taught at the ANU Acton Campus in Canberra. Students will need to cover costs associated with travel, accommodation, meals etc, if attending from out of State.

Required Resources

It is expected that students will have completed the required readings before the commencment of the course.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Extensions and Late penalties - https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_004604

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures

Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the current Grading Distribution Policy has been suspended pending the development of a new policy. 

For further information about this interim policy please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Day 1 0900-1030 Welcome and Course Introduction Introduction to UN Peace Operations Phillip Drew ?1030-1100 Morning Tea Break 1100-1230 The UN Security Council Peter Scott 1230-1330 Lunch 1330-1500 UNSC Resolution Interpretation Phillip Drew 1500-1515 Break 1515-1645 The UNSC and the ‘Rule of Law’ Jeremy Farrall 1645-1700 Wrap up for Day 1 Phillip Drew
2 Day 2 0900-1030 The Peacekeepers: Documentary Phillip Drew 1030-1100 Morning Tea Break 1100-1230 UN Peace Operations and Use of Force (I): General Phillip Drew 1230-1330 Lunch 1330-1500 UN Peace Operations and Use of Force (II): Maritime and Air Dimensions Rob McLaughlin 1500-1530 Break 1530-1700 Case Study 1: UNPROFOR action in the Medak Pocket, Croatia Phillip Drew
3 Day 3 0900-1030 Case Study II: Independent Inquiry into the Actions of the United Nations During the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda Phillip Drew 1030-1100 Morning Tea Break 1100-1230 Case Study III: East Timor David Letts 1230-1330 Lunch 1330-1500 Case Study IV: The Force Intervention Brigade Phillip Drew 1500-1515 Break 1515-1645 UN Peace Operations Forces and Accountability Phillip Drew 1645-1700 Wrap up for Day 3 Phillip Drew
4 Day 4 0900-1030 The Responsibility to Protect Phillip Drew 1030-1100 Morning Tea Break 1100-1230 Exercise Phillip Drew 1230-1330 Lunch 1330-1500 Exercise Presentations Phillip Drew 1500-1515 Break 1515-1645 Discussion and Conclusion Phillip Drew

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 10 % 12/04/2019 22/04/2019 1,2,3,4
UNSCR Interpretation Paper 30 % 28/04/2019 19/05/2019 2,3
Research Essay 60 % 26/05/2018 30/06/2018 1,2,3,4

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 12/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class Participation

Nature of Task: Class participation and engagement

Weighting: 10%

Release: N/A

Due date: 23/08/2018

Estimated return date: Immediately following completion of course

Assessment Criteria:

a)   Preparation and understanding of the material

  • Consulting and reading pre-assigned materials in advance of the lectures/seminars
  • linking material between various aspects of the class and different lectures

b)   Thinking critically about the material

  • Looking at questions from different angles
  • questioning assumptions
  • use of language

c)   Expressing ideas clearly

  • So that other students and the instructor can understand them
  • Use of relevant examples

d)   Engaging with other students in the discussion

  • Including encouraging others to speak
  • responding to what other have said
  • being respectful for a range of views and opinions

e)   If possible, linking material with your own background and knowledge

  • Which involves relating the material to your own personal and professional experience

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 19/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

UNSCR Interpretation Paper

Nature of Task: Comparison and analysis of 2 x UNSCR using set questions

Weighting: 30%

Word limit: 2200 words

Release: The Questions will be released on Day 4 of the course

Due date: 2359hrs 28 April 2019

Estimated return date: 19 May 2019

Assessment Criteria:

Understanding of the Issues

  • addresses the question and covers all the important points
  • evidence of consideration of the question and the research materials drawn upon
  • issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified
  • material chosen relates clearly to the topic and is analysed not just summarised or quoted extensively

Communication & Development of Argument

  • clear theme or argument
  • arguments logical and well-organised
  • ideas/paragraphs linked coherently

Argument/Analysis

  • originality of ideas and analysis of the material
  • suggestions for change where appropriate
  • consideration of opposing arguments
  • well-reasoned conclusions

Research

  • research covering core primary and secondary materials
  • good organisation of sources and ability to synthesise all the research materials used
  • use of theoretical material where appropriate

Presentation, style and referencing

  • good use of structure, section headings and paragraphs
  • clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling
  • full and accurate footnotes
  • style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • adherence to word limit

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 26/05/2018
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2018
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay

Nature of Task: Research essay

Weighting: 60%

Word limit: 4000 words

Release: A list of set essay questions will be provided. Should a student wish to develop their own essay question, this must be discussed with and approved by the course convenor by 19 April 2019

Due date: 2359hrs 26 May 2019.

Estimated return date: 30 June 2019

Assessment Criteria:

Understanding of the Issues

  • addresses the question and covers all the important points
  • evidence of close consideration of the question and the research materials drawn on
  • issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified
  • material chosen relates clearly to the topic and is analysed not just summarised or quoted extensively

Communication & Development of Argument

  • clear theme or argument
  • arguments logical and well-organised
  • ideas/paragraphs linked coherently

 Argument/Analysis

  • originality of ideas and critical analysis of the material
  • complexity and insight in dealing with theory/ideas
  • suggestions for change where appropriate
  • interdisciplinary perspective where appropriate
  • addressing opposing arguments
  • well-reasoned conclusions

Research

  • research covering primary and secondary materials
  • good organisation of sources and ability to synthesise all the research materials used
  • use of theoretical material where appropriate
  • range of research sources
  • integration of material from research resources into the essay

Presentation, style and referencing

  • good use of structure, section headings and paragraphs
  • clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling
  • full and accurate footnotes together with a bibliography
  • style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • adherence to word limit

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

OR

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Phillip Drew
Phillip.Drew@anu.edu.au

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AsPr Phillip Drew

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AsPr Phillip Drew
+61 2 6125 3483
Phillip.Drew@anu.edu.au

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AsPr Phillip Drew

Thursday 17:00 18:30

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