PLR311 - Refugee Law for Paralegals

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Subject Title
Refugee Law for Paralegals

Subject Description
This subject is a continuation of Immigration Law, LGL225. Students focus on Canadian refugee law and how it fits into general immigration law and policy as set out by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, and the Immigration and Refugee Board. This subject deals with issues such as the international refugee problem, persons in need of protection, the process of seeking protection and of claiming refugee status in Canada; and the processes and procedures of the divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. This subject requires students to complete one major research assignment in a group and to make an oral presentation of findings.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable to the Paralegal Diploma Program offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of Canadian and international refugee law.

2. Display an understanding of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, its mandate and different divisions.

3. Show an understanding of an application to refugee protection from outside of Canada, including government and private sponsorship.

4. Show an understanding of the processes involved in deciding claims for refugee protection made within Canada, the refugee appeal process, hearing procedures for removals and detention reviews, and  immigration appeals.

5. Apply the knowledge of the Canadian refugee law and process to different fact situations.

6. Research, report and present background information that would be used to assist a client at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.

7. Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

8. Demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes related to essential employability skills:

a. communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
b. respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
c. execute mathematical operations accurately.
d. apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
e. use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
f. locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
g. analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
h. show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
i. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
j. manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
k. take responsibility for one?s own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.