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JST512 Refugees, Governance and Asylum Policy (16)


This subject provides an overview of refugee governance and asylum policy at international, regional and national levels. The development of international humanitarian governance of asylum seekers and refugees forms the basis of study. Case studies will include Australian, European and North American examples, as well as policies in less developed countries. Students will gain a critical appreciation of both established and emerging refugee determination systems and the key debates that have come to inform domestic and regional immigration policies.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

Avaliable to Master's level students only.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
JST475 JST525 JST526 Prerequisite
JST527 Prerequisite
JST525 Incompatible
JST475 Incompatible

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of refugee and asylum policy to mechanisms of international, regional and domestic governance;
- be able to critically evaluate the influence of international refugee and humanitarian law on asylum policy;
- be able to contrast Australia's approach to asylum policy with that of other states;
- be able to discuss the divergences and commonalities in asylum policy between developed and less developed states.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Evolution of refugee governance - International humanitarian systems - Conventions, treaties, optional protocols, cases and other sources - Refugee and Asylum Seeker Status Determination in international and regional perspectives - Refugee Protection and Domestic Governance - Directions in Refugee governance - Key developments in refugee policy in relation to undocumented arrivals in the developed world Students will focus on a number of contemporary case studies in a range of countries.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.