LAW 3538 - International Law Study Tour

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course is going to be used as the enrolment course for the Adelaide Law School study tours. As the study tours may vary their focus each year, this course is designed to have flexible topics each year depending on the focus of the tour. In 2012 students are taking part in a study tour to Germany and The Netherlands. Students will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation and understanding of the German legal system and also the opportunity to visit The Hague. Students will be exposed to and experience the International Law Courts and gain an understanding of the complexity and depth of international law and foreign legal systems. Students will study intensively, and be taught by leading academics in their fields through the Adelaide Law School, our partner institution, the University of Mannheim, and our host, EBS Law School. There is the opportunity to meet those associated with the International Law Courts. Topics which will be covered as part of the program will include, but not be exclusive to, Comparative Legal Systems, European Union Law and Public International Law. Enrolment in the course is by an application process as places are limited depending on funding from DEWRR.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3538
    Course International Law Study Tour
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Prerequisites LAW1504
    Quota Enrolment in the course is by an application process as places are limited depending on funding from DEWRR.
    Course Description This course is going to be used as the enrolment course for the Adelaide Law School study tours. As the study tours may vary their focus each year, this course is designed to have flexible topics each year depending on the focus of the tour.

    In 2012 students are taking part in a study tour to Germany and The Netherlands. Students will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation and understanding of the German legal system and also the opportunity to visit The Hague. Students will be exposed to and experience the International Law Courts and gain an understanding of the complexity and depth of international law and foreign legal systems.
    Students will study intensively, and be taught by leading academics in their fields through the Adelaide Law School, our partner institution, the University of Mannheim, and our host, EBS Law School. There is the opportunity to meet those associated with the International Law Courts. Topics which will be covered as part of the program will include, but not be exclusive to, Comparative Legal Systems, European Union Law and Public International Law.
    Enrolment in the course is by an application process as places are limited depending on funding from DEWRR.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor David Brown

    Primary contact:


    Associate Professor Dale Stephens
    Location:    Room 2.17 Ligertwood Building 
    Telephone: 8313 5937
    Email:        dale.stephens@adelaide.edu.au

    Dr Rebecca La Forgia
    Location:    Room 2.17 Ligertwood Building
    Telephone: 8313 5937
    Email:        rebecca.laforgia@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and Understanding

    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the complexity of the creation and interpretation and application of international law from the perspective of a variety of international institutions within the United States.

    Students who complete the course should:


       1.  Have an understanding of basic principles of public international law including sources of   
            international law, exploration of ideas of state sovereignty and the exercise of consent in the
            development of international law.
       2.  Have an understanding of the complexity in establishing facts for the application of
            international legal principles.
       3.  Having an understanding of the competing pressures in the application and categorisation of
            international legal principles to any given situation.
       4.  Have an exposure to United States legal perspectives on the use of international law in practice
            and its interaction with domestic law.
       5.  Have an exposure to differing theoritical perspectives on the application of international law.

    The continuing development of good inter-personal and communications skills is widely recognised as important for all graduates. The course specifically seeks to develop students' abilities to engage in group discussions of legal problems in the seminars.



     

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Session outlines are provided on MyUni along with the required readings for each session. Further readings will be provided to students to coincide with the site visits and these will be posted on MyUno and students notified.
    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    Course website: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Seminars will be supported through interactive classes with broad discussions of theory and practice. Students will be required to do the prescribed readings before attending seminars and reflect on the seminars throughout the course.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. Students in this course are expected to attend all seminars and site visits throughout the course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A final itinerary will be provided closer to the date. A guide below of the main teaching components is below.

    Dates Seminars
    Pre departure session 23rd August and 6th of
    September. From 10.00-4.00pm
    • Orientation/Introduction
    • United States Approaches to International Law
    • South China Sea and US responses
    • National Security Law
    • Law and Armed Conflict
    • US and Legal Activism
    • Fact Finding in International Law context
    • Export of Norms by the United States through International Law
    • Law and National Identity
    • US Legal theorists
    • Student presentations on the 6th of September
    24th September - 5th of October
    • Series of seminars and lecturesand visits to sites in Washington DC, New York, Harvard and Newport RI.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Class Participation                                                                    10%

    Pre-tour Oral Presentation                                                       15%
    Oral presentations on assigned reading on the
    6th of September 2014.
    (Learning Objectives 1-5)

    Reflective Journal                                                                    25%  
    Monday 20th of October - 2x750 words (1,500
    words in total)  

    Research Essay                                                                        50%
    Date TBA (see below) - 2,000 words  
    (Learning Objectives 1-5)                               

    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail

    Participation 10%

    Students are expected to actively participate in all seminars and site visits associated with the study tour. A primary method adopted in this course is sharing experiences and demonstrating the capacity to relate the theoretical issues covered in seminars with practical site visits.

     
    Pre-Tour Oral Presentation 15%

    Students will present on any allocated article from the readings. The presentation will be for 10 minutes.


    The Presentation


    The presentation option is designed to allow students to think more creatively about the sites which we are visiting. Students are encouraged to think of various mediums for the presentation of their topic, powerpoint presentation, overheads etc.


    Presentation Assessment Criteria:

    You are required to do a presentation in groups of two on one of the locations or sites we will be visiting. You will be allocated a partner and a site.

    Overall objective is to create a presentation in which there is a clear explanation of the legal framework and significance of the institution.

    The power points or material which supports the presentation will also be put on myuni as a group resource.


    -   The presenters must adhere to the time restrictions i.e. 10 minutes for the presentation. Class
         interaction after the presentation will be encouraged and there will be 5-7 minutes for questions.

    -   Clarity around explaining the role of the institution, examples of its work and a level of critical  
         examination of it's functions.

    -    Assessment criteria will be
                      -   Clarity of expression and research around describing and analysing the function of the
                           institution.
                      -   Research in terms of examples of how and what the institution does.
                      -   Clarity of expression in the presentation.
                      -   Clarity of structure in the presentation

     

    Reflective Journal 25%

    2 x 750 word reflective journal entries.

    The journal is an opportunity to reflect upon the legal and social issues that emerge from the readings, lectures or discussions with colleagues.

    There is an expectation of 2 entries (750 words)

    One entry will be on distinct legal topics or issues coming from the materials, visits, lectures or discussion. This topic and issue can be selected by the student. The journal will explain the topic, using relevant literature where appropriate. A critical refelection on the topic is required. Questions that could be addressed include: Why is this topic relevant? How does the issue topic contribute or evolve the understanding of an aspect of international law? How does this issue be dealt with or incorporated or responded to in Australia.

    The Other entry will be a final reflection on the study tour. How has the tour assisted me to understand the law? What lessons for Australia? Highlights(s) of the trip in terms of my legal education?

    These are formal assessments. They should be structured (introduction, outline of issues, development of argument/observations, conclusion).Ther form and substance will be assessed.

    The journal entries will need to be submitted throughout the course at deadlines that are agreed to by the class during the pre-departure sessions.


    Research Essay 50%

    The Research Essay is an opportunity to explore issues in depth.

    You are expected to bring independent research and analysis.

    It is a research essay. think about the resources you will need to access.

    Essays will be judged on their structure, the development of an argument in answer to the question, the use of sources and the overall conclusions.

    The normal academic conventions (originalism, referencing etc) apply.

    The due ddate for the essay will be negotiated between the students and the course co-ordinator during the pre-departure sessions.

    note the students will develop their research questions. Further information regarding the development of the essay question will be given.
     

    Submission

    Reflective Journal 25%

       -  The journal must be submitted in electronic form in Assignments on MyUni.
       -  All refrences must be appropriately cited in footnotes, in order to aknowledge sources, and
          avoid plagiarism.
       -  Students should ensure that when citing material they comply with the Australian Guide to Legal 
          Citation.
       
    -  Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this
          course or any other course.
       -  A penalty of 5% will apply for each day (or part thereof) that an assignemnt is overdue.
       -  A penalty of 5% will apply for every 100 words (or part thereof) by which assignments exceed
          the maximum word length. Words in excess of the word limit will not be read.
       -  Students must indicate the word count count of each essay on the front cover of their   
          assignments. The word limit does not include footnotes. Footnotes must only be used for
          referencing, and not for inclusion of substantive content. If the word limit is seriously
          misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.
       -  Assignments will be returned to students within 3 weeks of the due date with written feedback.

    Research Essay 50%

       -  The essay must be submitted in electronic form in Assignments on MyUni.
       -  All refrences must be appropriately cited in footnotes, in order to aknowledge sources, and   
          avoid plagiarism.  
       -  Students should ensure that when citing material they comply with the Australian Guide to 
          Legal Citation. 
       -  Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this       course or any other course.  
       -  A penalty of 5% will apply for each day (or part thereof) that an assignemnt is overdue.  
       -  A penalty of 5% will apply for every 100 words (or part thereof) by which assignments exceed  
          the maximum word length. Words in excess of the word limit will not be read. 
       -  Students must indicate the word count count of each essay on the front cover of their 
          assignments. The word limit does not include footnotes. Footnotes must only be used for
          referencing, and not for inclusion of substantive content. If the word limit is seriously      
          misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.             
      -   Assignments will be returned to students within 3 weeks of the due date with written feedback.
          Students will be notified by email when the assignments are ready for collection from the Law  
          School Front Office.


    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Courses for which a result of a conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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    Practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, refrencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

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    Further information regarding the Law School Policies and Procedures in relation to the Supplementary Assessment, Extensions, and Remarks etc can be found at: http://law.adelaide.edu.au/student/assessment/

    Plagiarism and other forms of cheating
    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the Adelaide Law School 2013 Enrolment Guide, and should not in particular the sections relating to plagiarism, grievance procedures and academic conduct within the Law School and the University.

    Plagiarism is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Please be aware that "academic dishonesty" (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to refuse to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is a central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.
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