• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Migration
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Er-Kai Wang
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course examines the requirements and procedures for applying for humanitarian migration visas in great detail. Students will be required to familiarise themselves with the detailed requirements for each visa and to find effective ways to demonstrate the satisfaction of the requirements. The course will also give students an opportunity to explore some of the legal policy and procedural issues surrounding refugee and other humanitarian protection in a broader societal, legal context.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is expected that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
  1. Explain relevant principles of international human rights and refugee law and the interrelationship between international law and the Migration Act 1958.
  2. Analyse and interpret relevant case law and the impact on outcomes for clients.
  3. Establish and present an effective protection claim utilising the Migration Act.
  4. Formulate and implement appropriate strategies for providing effective advice to clients.
  5. Communicate effectively with vulnerable clients in both formal and informal settings.

Other Information

For more information and the timetable please go to LLM Program.

Indicative Assessment

Indicative Assessment:
  1. 2 x online exams 15% each – total 30% (2000 words)
  2. Case study 20% (2000 words)
  3. Written take home assessment 50% (3000 words)
An approved Means of Assessment will be available a week prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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 be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL) And have completed LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B and LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law; Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

As Migration legislation changes so frequently the program does not recommend textbooks which can quickly become out of date. ANU e-texts written by the teaching staff may be provided online. These written course materials are updated each teaching session, to reflect the most recent changes in migration law.

We will be using specific readings from texts these are included in the course outline and will be provided to students online.

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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4387 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 Online View

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