LAW 3514 - Human Rights Internship Programme
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 3514 Course Human Rights Internship Programme Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Law (LLB) Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites LAW 1501, LAW 1508 Incompatible LAW 2017 Assumed Knowledge LAW 2513 Restrictions Available to LLB students only. Enrolment is by selection only, please consult with Course Coordinator for eligibility. Course Description The course places students in 'internships' with human rights organisations located internationally and nationally for a period of six weeks. The internships enable students to build on their understanding of the theory of human rights law by gaining an appreciation of its practical operation. The course aims to give depth and context to students' existing knowledge of human rights law.
During the internship, the students will be required to complete an agreed research task under the supervision of a senior person at the chosen human rights organisation. This research task might involve research into a specific area of law or policy for the purpose of a 'test-case' being run in the courts, for the drafting of a report, or the preparation of educational material. The research task will be negotiated by the student and the organisation, with the approval and supervision of the course coordinator. It is expected that students will also be involved in the day-to-day activities of the organisation and gain an understanding of how such organisations operate.
Prior to commencement, students will be given orientation to introduce them to the strategies and procedures generally employed by human rights organisations. The seminars will be conducted by the course convener in conjunction with practitioners in the field.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Laura Grenfell
Telephone 831 35777
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAims
In this course students should gain the following graduate attributes:
(1) Recognise and reflect on the practical challenges of implementing human rights law at the international and domestic levels;
(2) Read and analyse primary sources ie. treaties and cases, with an understanding of the system of human rights law at an international and domestic level;
(3) Read, synthesise, analyse and evaluate secondary materials with a critical understanding of the principles of human rights law;
(4) Understand and assess the practical aspects of the structure, major institutions and jurisprudence of the international human rights system; and
(5) Communicate clearly and concisely in written form;
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook in this course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe internships enable students to build on their understanding of the theory of human rights law by gaining an appreciation of its practical operation. The course aims to give depth and context to students’ existing knowledge of human rights law. It is expected that students will be involved in day-to-day activities of their internship office and gain a broad understanding of how such organisations operate and of the operation of human rights law generally.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (ie those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of up to 48 hours per week to their studies. In law, this figure represents the bare minimum necessary to an understanding of the concepts covered.
Learning Activities SummaryThere are no scheduled learning activities for this course. Instead, each student will be involved in the day to day activities of their host organisation and will be able to receive from the course coordinator regular feedback on their interim assessment as well as assistance in formulating their research essay question.
Specific Course RequirementsThe course gives students academic credit for ‘internships’ with human rights law organisations that are of a duration of 8 weeks minimum.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Item % of final mark Due date Group or individual assessment Redeemable Diary summaries (3 x 500 words) 30% (ie 10% each) Intermittently during the course of the internship individual no Research Essay (3000 words) 60% After the completion of the internship individual no Reflection on research methodology 10% After the completion of the internship individual no Organisation briefing Pass/fail After the completion of the internship individual n/a
The portfolio has four components:
(1) an agreed research task/essay (approximately 3000 words) (worth 60%);
(2) a reflection on research methodology employed in the research task (one page) (worth 10%); and
(3) a briefing on the operation of the organisation and your role at the organisation (1-2 pages) (pass/fail).
(4) 3 x 500 word diary summaries to be emailed during the course of the internship that identify and analyse (i) how the internship is helping to develop your legal skills; (ii) the legal texts/instruments that are relevant to your practice of international/human rights law;(iii) the in/efficiency of the legal processes you are observing/interacting with, and; (iv) how political dynamics are impacting on the practice of international/human rights law of your organisation (worth 30%). The first of these summaries must be submitted in the first 4 weeks of the internship so that feedback can be provided to assist in the preparation of subsequent summaries and preparation of the research essay.
Upon completion of your internship, you will be required to hand up parts 1-3 of the portfolio on a negotiated date.
1. The Agreed Research Task
The subject of your research task will be negotiated with the subject co-ordinator and, if possible, your internship supervisor. Ideally the focus of this research task/essay should be a practical one relating to your internship.
For example, if you are asked to research and write a paper for the organisation, you may use this as the base of your task/essay as long as you have the organisation’s permission to do so. This permission is important, especially where the material you are looking at is of a confidential nature.
Or you can use your experience as the basis of your paper – eg. How does the Council on Human Rights operate? Is it effective? Why/why not? How could it be reformed?
Your research task/essay must have a legal focus and include legal analysis.
The due date for the portfolio will be negotiated between the student and the course co-ordinator. However, if you are enrolled in the first semester version of the programme, all work must be in, at least, before the commencement of the next semester.
Students may re-submit only the essay for academic cause (more than 45%). Other parts of the portfolio cannot be resubmitted.
Students are reminded that a conceded pass (45-49%) in this course does not count as a pass in the course for the purposes of the LLB (see the relevant academic program rules). If a student receives a conceded pass in this course, they may do further work on their essay and resubmit it. In this case, their essay will be remarked, and if the new mark on the essay raises their overall mark to a passing grade, the student will be awarded 50% for the course.
Grade Descriptors for the Essay and the Portfolio
• Does not develop coherent and rational arguments
• Demonstrates fundamental errors of understanding of key legal principles and concepts
• Minimal evidence of research to support argument
• Absence of legal analysis and reflection
• Demonstrates limited analytical and evaluative skills
• Adequate articulation of argument
• Demonstrates a basic understanding and application of analytic concepts and theoretical concepts
• Minimal adherence to citation style
• Adequate relevant research informing the argument
• Basic understanding of that reading
• Insufficient legal analysis and reflection
• Adequate skills in written expression and presentation
• Demonstrates a high level of understanding of the relevant legal materials
• Shows a thorough understanding of relevant legal materials
• Demonstrates some critical legal thinking and evaluative skills
• Adequate legal analysis and reflection
• Adequate skills in written expression and presentation
• High standard of understanding of the relevant legal materials with some original and sophisticated perspectives
• High level of insight and legal analysis
• Broad ranging legal research skills
• Evidence of high level of critical legal thinking
• Well developed analytical and evaluative skills
• Developed skills in written expression and presentation
HIGH DISTINCTION 85-100
• Outstanding level of understanding, reflection and interpretation
• Compelling, well-supported and tightly structured legal arguments
• Broad ranging research and original and sophisticated thinking
• Highly developed written communication skills
SubmissionPRESENTATION OF ASSIGNMENTS
- All assignments must be submitted electronically via Turnitin. This means that all papers will be electronically checked for plagiarism.
- There will be a penalty of 5% per day or part thereof for any late submission without a formal extension of the time granted.
- The Portfolio must:
- Be footnoted (substantive footnotes will be included in the word count)
- Be double-spaced and paginated
- Have a bibliography appropriate for the topic
Adhere to the word limit.
Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
All written work in the Law school is required to comply with the approved Law School style guide, The Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
Extensions: Requests for extensions must be made electronically according to law school policy. Extensions will be granted only for unexpected illness, hardship or on compassionate grounds in accordance with University Policy. Work commitments, travel, holidays or sporting engagements are not unexpected circumstances.
Late Submission: 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc. Hard copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised accordingly.
Word Length: Assignments which exceed the allocated length (word length or page limit) will be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks possible per 100 words or part thereof (ie with a word limit of 3,000, an essay graded 63% will have 5% deducted if it is 3001 words long, for a final grade of 58%, 10% if it is 3101 words long, etc). Words are calculated including all footnotes and headings within the text but excluding cover page information. Quotations and all referencing information are included in the word count.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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