Course Title: Customs and Border Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Customs and Border Security

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

JUST2300

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014

JUST2300

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018

JUST2301

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014

JUST2301

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Peter Chambers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1038

Course Coordinator Email: peter.chambers@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course examines the theory and practice of border security in contemporary Australia with the view to preparing prospective employees and building critical understanding. It addresses the emergence of border security in Australia, and how things were done in the past; it focuses on current government and scholarly thinking on borders, globalisation and securitisation; it describes the diverse operational realities and challenges under the umbrella of Home Affairs’ work; it considers the historically different cultures of the agencies now within Home Affairs and what it means to work at different points in the border continuum; and it spends time reflecting on the values and dispositions prospective employees need to do the work, as well as what it means for all of us – as Australian citizens and residents – to have border security and its enforcement tasks integrated into state work.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capabilities:

The program capabilities which you will develop during this course are:

  • Grasp the societal transformation implied by the emergence of border security and the establishment of the department of Home Affairs;
  • Develop critical perspectives and professional insights into the multifaceted and challenging nature of border security work;
  • Reflect upon the values and dispositions now necessary for working within Home Affairs, as well as consider what it means to be a citizen or resident of a country, Australia, that has made border security integral to its security, prosperity and identity.


 

At the completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the changing historical and political conditions that have led to the emergence of border security in Australia;
  • Clearly describe and explain the different aspects of border security work within Home Affairs, including their basic functions, operational distinctions, institutional relations, and legislative bases;
  •  Debate the issues and problems associated with Australian border security and key national and international political, legal and ethical responses to it, and consider selected international comparisons;
  •  Reflect on the challenges of its working environments and the professional, personal and ethical demands the work places on personnel working in this field, and
  • Consider what it means to be a citizen or resident living in a society of border security


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered online and provides the opportunity for you to work through the material in an engaging manner utilising text, video, audio and online activities, divided into five modules.


Overview of Learning Resources

All resources for the online version will be provided through Canvas or linked Google Site.


Overview of Assessment

Various assessment tasks may be set in this course including an essay, various online activities.  The assessment tasks will be structured to allow you to demonstrate your acquisition of the learning outcomes of the course.