Globalisation and the Law

Subject 730-446 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

This is a totally on-line subject delivered via the internet: there is no face-to-face contact between the lecturers and students. Prior to launch, students will be provided with materials on cd-rom and via the on-line subject page. University of Melbourne students will also be able to purchase Printed Materials for the subject from UGS. The subject is divided into three parts: an introduction module, a case study section conducted via one or more role-plays, and a wrapping up module. These will be conducted via the internet using various resources, including textual, audio and video material. Students will be expected to read, watch or listen to these materials and to take part in role plays, on-line discussion and class activities. The lecturers will guide students in their on-line discussions and provide continuous assessment of their on-line activities.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Students will require at least 1 hour per week to download resources from the internet. Students will also be expected to spend at least 4 more hours per week on-line reading, watching, listening and/or participating in class activities and interacting with other students’ work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: If being taken as a subject in the U21 Global certificate, students must complete Global Citizenship-Global Issues - an on-line subject offered by the University of British Columbia. Otherwise, there are no pre- or co-requisites.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr J Beard & Ms S Pahuja
Subject Overview:

This subject forms part of the U21 Certificate in Global Issues, which is a multidisciplinary, undergraduate program offered jointly by the Universities of British Columbia, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Nottingham. It is designed to give a global context to undergraduate degrees through online collaborative learning and student exchange. Since this subject will be delivered by lecturers located in the Melbourne University Law School it is also open to students enrolled in the LLB. The subject requires students to consider the changing role of law (both domestic and international) in the global economy and will use web-based technology to enact certain global processes, facilitating collaboration and comparative approaches across the globe. The subject combines various theoretical approaches with case studies that are learnt by means of role play scenarios depicting contemporary global flows. Each role play will take around four weeks and will include a critical consideration of the complex network of: finance, migration, trade, culture and means of contesting globalisation.


Online participation, which will last for the duration of the subject, will involve:

  • ongoing collaborative tasks (equivalent to a written assignment of 2000 words): 50%
  • a written assignment of 3000 words due after the online component of the subject has been completed: 50%

In addition there are two hurdle requirements which must be met in order to pass the subject:

  • Participation in an orientation exercise designed to introduce students to the class and to the website and how to navigate it.
  • All participation online must be non-offensive and non-vexatious.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • capacity to understand and participate as an individual in collaborative multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
  • use of simulations, interactive material, and technologies designed to enhance collaboration and team work;
  • capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of primary and secondary texts;
  • capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • the capacity to communicate cross-culturally and across disciplines.
Notes: Enrolment in this subject is capped at a total of 25 students. Each university will have priority for 6 places which, if not taken, will be offered to others. Enrolment will be determined on a first come-first serve basis. If you wish to enrol in this subject, please contact the U21 International Programs Coordinator: to be advised of places.
Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues (Global Business & Intern.Finance)
U21 Certificate in Global Issues (Understanding Globalisation)

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