LAWS336-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Antarctic Legal Studies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course is offered in alternate years.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course students will:

  • Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principles, processes and institutions of the Antarctic Treaty System as well as reflect on the nature of legal 'knowledge' and 'norms' in an international context;
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the law which applies to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean within a social, political and theoretical context including the principles and values of justice within the system;
  • Relate their knowledge to current matters of international concern;
  • Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principle of New Zealand's implementation of the law which relates to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean within its domestic legal system;
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the theory and practice of the international law that applies to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean through critical evaluation of primary materials and relevant scholarship in the field;
  • Identify and articulate legal issues;
  • Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues:
  • Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives;
  • Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses;
  • Develop an ability to exercise a professional judgement;
  • Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate ad synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues;
  • Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal audiences;
  • Learn and work independently;
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage critically and effectively in global and multicultural contexts across the discipline of Antarctic law and policy.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


LAWS372 (prior to 2006), ANTA402


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Karl Popper 508 (23/2)
Rehua 103 Project Workshop (2/3-30/3, 27/4-1/6)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 18:00 - 19:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 19 Apr - 25 Apr

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Karen Scott


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 1 30 Apr 2021 40%
Essay 2 04 Jun 2021 50%
Presentation 04 Jun 2021 10%

2 research essays and 1 class presentation.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

All LAWS336 Occurrences

  • LAWS336-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021