Refugee Rights - 2017

To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into a course from the provider. Read before you start

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay (35%) , Presentation - Conference presentation (40%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit was previously known as Human Rights Issues 1.

This unit will cover the issue of Refugee Rights and will look at forced migration from a range of perspectives, encouraging a critical engagement with the topic. It will examine theories and practices in relation to refugees and the politics of forced migration as well as the evolution of the international regime for refugee protection and the challenges provided by the restrictive policies of receiving countries will be examined. The unit will also analyse durable solutions to refugee movements.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University unit you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your unit grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and critique refugee rights theories
  2. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant refugee rights literature
  3. analyse and communicate refugee rights theories
  4. critically analyse political, policy and moral issues using a refugee rights framework.
  • Essay (35%)
  • Presentation — Conference presentation (40%)
  • Report — Readings report (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Refugees and asylum seekers: key concepts, terms and definitions
2State sovereignty, borders and seeking asylum
3Global trends of forced migration
4The politics of refugee movements: Industrialised countries and the Asia-Pacific region
5The politics of refugee movements: Australia
6Seeking asylum in Australia: A legal perspective
7Durable solutions to refugee movements
8The politics of settlement and integration
9Activism and advocacy and the rights of asylum seekers

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

Enquire online

Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
Make an online enquiry.

Enquire now

Ready to enrol?

Start studying this unit now.


Got a question?

Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.