200759 Foundations of Chinese Law

$2,200 New Colombo Plan Grant Available

  • Dates: November to December 2020 (TBC)
  • Destination: Shanghai, China
  • The cost will be offset by the $2200 New Colombo Plan Mobility grant
  • Eligible students can receive OS-HELP up to $8,149

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This opportunity is available for 35 Western Sydney University students to undertake an alternate unit which will count towards their LLB degree.  Unit 200759 Foundations of Chinese Law introduces students to the basic structure of the Chinese legal system, its law and legal culture. Through seminars and field trips to Chinese courts and law firms, the unit aims to develop students' understanding of how the Chinese legal system has developed in its political and cultural contexts.  It covers the Chinese legal system at the general level and in relation to specific law, such as contracts, foreign investment law, dispute resolution and procedure. The main topics of the unit will include:

  • Chinese Legal System and Legal Institutions;
  • China's Opening Up Policy and Law Reform;
  • Constitution Law;
  • Chinese Foreign Trade and Investment Law;
  • Commercial Law in China;
  • Legal Education, Legal Service and Judicial System in China;
  • Chinese Legal Culture and Dispute Resolution.

What will I study?

  • The unit includes the Chinese legal system at the general level and in relation to specific law, such as company law, foreign investment law, dispute resolution and procedure.
  • Subject assessment are below:
    • Participation (100% class attendance is compulsory) - 10%
    • Reflective Journal (1500 words) - 35%
    • Research Essay (3000 words) - 55%
  • The unit (10 credit) will count in your degree as one of your eight LLB alternate units.

Extra-curricular activities

  • Chinese language class and cultural activities
  • Various field trips to law firm, courts and other institutions
  • Sightseeing activities
  • Learn about China's past and present while experiencing various kinds of activities when visiting meaningful spots around Shanghai

Eligibility

  • To be eligible to apply for enrolment in 200759 you must:
    • Enrolled in an LLB degree at Western Sydney University
    • Having completed 200011 Contracts by 12 July 2019
    • Over 18 years old on 12 July 2019

Accommodation

  • Twin-share room (single room may be arranged at students' own cost at around $40 per person per night extra)

Program Cost

  • You do not pay tuition fees to Shanghai University, but continue to pay tuition fees to Western Sydney University as usual (ie upfront or through HECS).
  • This unit attracts all applicable enrolment fees, including the HECS, the Student Services Fee and whichever fees applicable to your enrolment.
  • To secure a place in the program, students will be required to pay a non-refundable administrative cost of $260 (need to be paid by students upfront).
  • The program fee is $1600 + $260 (admin cost) =$1860. This will cover:
    • study tour accommodation in Shanghai (twin share) and meals (on campus only)
    • airport transfers in China
    • coach travel to and from field trips/tourist
    • coach travel and tour guide to sightseeing place organised by Shanghai University Law School (including tickets to some tourist sites)
    • language/culture classes and activities
    • pre-departure seminar in Sydney, welcome and farewell dinner in Shanghai
  • The cost above will be offset by a $2200 New Colombo Plan Mobility Travel Grant. Approx. The remaining AU$600 ($2200-$1600=$600) will be paid toward each student’s airfare.
  • Air tickets for the return trip between Sydney and Shanghai are estimated to be $1200-1600.

Important Dates:

  • Applications open July 2020 (TBC) 
  • Students short listed for the Program will be informed in August 2020 and invited to attend the program information seminar.
  • The program information seminar, When West meet East, is scheduled between in August. Students have to attend the seminar to be considered for the Program.
  • Acceptance and waiting list will be communicated to students via email in August.
  • In order to formalise the acceptance into Foundations of Chinese Law (200759), students need to pay a non-refundable administration fee of AUD$260.00 by COB 31st August (2020 dates TBC). You may lose your place if you fail to do so.
  • Students must finalise their air ticket and pay the relevant fees as instructed by the School of Law by 20th September (2020 dates TBC). Air tickets for the return trip between Sydney and Shanghai are estimated to be $1000-$1600. Students must travel to China and return to Sydney as a group with flights recommended by the WSU Law School. Change flights NOT allowed.

Am I eligible for the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant?

  • This project has 30 x $2,200 New Colombo Plan Mobility grants available
  • The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. The New Colombo Plan is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia's relationships in the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other links. Over time, the Australian Government wants to see study in the Indo-Pacific region become a rite of passage for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued across the Australian community.
  • To be eligible you must be:
    • an Australian citizen
    • enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
    • over 18 years old
    • must not have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility grant on a previous occasion
    • receive academic recognition for the experience
  • Please note, if you are an international student or have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility grant before, you can apply for the program at full cost covered by yourself, please contact ChinaLaw@westernsydney.edu.au for details.

OS-HELP

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans up to $8,149 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return. For further information on how to apply see OS-HELP

Conditions of Participation

  • The University of Western Sydney University is committed to demonstrating high standards of personal and professional conduct at all times. When participating in an overseas program, students must assume certain obligations to Western Sydney University (WSU), the prospective country, overseas provider, and other participants in a program. See Conditions of Participation in an Overseas Program.
  • The university reserves the right to vary program fees in the event of changes in exchange rates or price rises made by partners or other suppliers. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, price increases, tax changes or any other reason, participants are required to pay the increase when notified or may cancel a program which may result in cancellation fees.

How to Apply - Deadline TBC


STEP 1: Register Your Interest

  • Submit an expression of interest to Western Sydney University and you will need to provide a 400 word statement outlining the reasons for your interest in this unit. Applications open July 2020, close on 29th July (2020 dates TBC).
  • The selection will be based on merits and equity.

STEP 2: If you are short-listed, you will be invited to attend the Program Information seminar on Wednesday 7th August

  • Program information seminar on Wednesday in August is compulsory. Students have to attend the seminar to be considered for the Program.
  • Pay relevant fees if you are accepted into the Program.
  • In order to formalise the acceptance into Foundations of Chinese Law (200759), students need to pay a non-refundable administration fee of AUD$260.00 by COB 31st August (2020 dates TBC). You may lose your place if you fail to do so.
  • Students must finalise their air ticket and pay the relevant fees as instructed by the School of Law by 20th September (2020 dates TBC).

STEP 3: Apply for OS-HELP

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $8,149 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.
  • Note, depending on the program, some of the opportunities below provide a scholarship, tuition waivers, free or cheap accommodation etc.

STEP 4: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes applying for a Student Mobility Travel Grant and information about travel insurance.

Further Advice

For more details about the project, please contact:

ChinaLaw@westernsydney.edu.au

New Colombo Plan Government Reference 23756 (23758)