AIP209 - The Politics of Asylum in Australia and Asia

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Amy Nethery


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


The issue of asylum is one of the most pressing and intractable policy issues of our time. In this unit, we examine the historical, political and structural factors that shape asylum policy in Australia and Asia. We examine the reasons people flee and their pathways to protection. We evaluate the policy instruments - domestic, bilateral and regional – deployed by states to respond to people seeking asylum. We pay special attention to policies designed to deter people seeking asylum by boat. We evaluate these policies against international law and human rights standards. We investigate the role of non-government organisations, such as the UNHCR and IOM, and regional instruments such as the Bali Process. Finally, we assess the geo-political outcomes of these policies; what they mean for Australia’s relationships in the Asian region; and what they mean for asylum seekers and refugees.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual, and policy debates about the nature and significance of politics and governance, the differences between political systems, and the contexts in which they operate

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of research that deploys political concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, and to a range of readers and audiences

GLO2: Communication


Employ a range of generic and specialist politics-specific digital communication technologies to apply political knowledge, to conduct political research, and to deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of readers and audiences within and outside the field

GLO3: Digital literacy


Analyse and critically evaluate different interpretations of political phenomena. Demonstrate knowledge of the different research methods used to investigate political phenomena. Recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of politics

GLO4: Critical thinking


Employ initiative and creativity when using accepted evidence-based methods of political science to generate approaches and solutions to complex problems of politics and governance at all levels from interpersonal relations to forums at local, national, regional, and global levels

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner, while working in political science

GLO6: Self-management


Analyse and address political issues in both domestic and global contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Report 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 5
Assessment 2: Report 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 10
Assessment 3: Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIP209
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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