UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS5225 Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines some of the key theories and methods associated with the subject and study of public international law. It also explores how debates about these theories and methods arise in a number of contemporary issue areas, such as the use of force by states, the protection of human rights, and the regulation of international trade. With these aims in mind, the unit examines some of the different ways scholars have understood and explained what international law is, how it operates and changes, and how it should be studied. Examples of perspectives that are discussed include positivism, natural law theory, international relations approaches, and empirical methods. Students then apply these perspectives to a number of important international issue areas. They also develop their independent research skills by developing and writing a major essay on a specific topic related to the unit content.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of some of the key theories and methods associated with the subject and study of public international law; (2) critically analyse the contributions and limits of these theories and methods and apply these theories and methods to the study of various international issue areas, such as the use of force by states, the protection of human rights, and the regulation of international trade; (3) employ relevant theories and methods to conduct research on specific topics related to the unit content; and (4) present orally and in writing a well-developed argument about issues related to the unit content.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research essay; (2) in-class presentation; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Fiona McGaughey
Unit rules
Co-requisites: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
Contact hours seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.law.uwa.edu.au/Units/LAWS5225/SEM-1/2017

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