Topics. There will be two sessions of 90 minutes each week (12.00 noon to 13.30). We will cover a separate topic in each class.
Schedule of Topics. Topics 1 and 2 will be covered in the first two classes on 16 and 18 January. I will be away during the week of 22 January, so make-up classes will be scheduled for the classes that must be cancelled.
Lesson Plans. Lesson Plans will be posted on IVLE a few days before each class. The Lesson Plans will outline the issues and questions that will be discussed in class. The readings for class will be in the Files (Workbin) for that topic.
Workbin for Conventions and Background Materials. The test of the most important conventions and instruments and some other background documents will be uploaded into a Workbind entitled Background Materials.
Workbin for each Topic. A workbin folder will be created for each topic. The readings for that topic will be uploaded into the workbin folder. A Lesson Plan listing the readings for each topic as well as study questions and discussion questions will be uploaded into the same folder. Discussion Problems may be issued for some topics.
Required Readings. There is no required textbook. Most of the required readings for each topic will be will uploaded into the Workbin Folder for that topic on the IVLE at least one week in advace. The required reading for each topic will be about 30 pages. No additional readings will be expected or required. However, supplementary readings will be uploaded for some topics for those who wish to examine the topic in more depth. Most of the IMO Conventions and other IMO documents which will be required reading will be uploaded into a separate IVLE folder, as will the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Mode of Teaching. Each class will be an interactive discussion class. All students in the class are expected to read the materials and to participate in the discussion. The discussion in class will be pitched at a level which assumes that everyone in the class has read the materials and thought about the issues for discussion. Students who have not done the readings will find it extremely difficult to follow the discussion.
Class attendance. Attendance in class is considered compulsory. Every student is expected to attend every class and to be prepared for every class. If for you are not able to attend a particular a class because of extenuating circumstances, you are expected to notify me in advance via email and give reasons for your absence. If you are unable to do the readings for a particular class because of extenuating circumstances, you are also expected to notify the Teaching Assistant in advance via email and give reasons why you were not able to prepare.
Supplementary Reading. The readings for many topics will be taken from the website of the IMO. However, there may be additional readings on the IMO website which students will find useful so students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the IMO website.
Links to Web sites. The most important web sites dealing with international regulation of shipping will be listed on the IVLE page for the course. Some websites may be recommended for supplementary reading on particular topics.
Teaching Assistant. Ms Xu Muzi, a researcher at the NUS Centre for International Law, will be serving as the teaching assistant in the class. She will be taking attendance and noting which students are contributing the most to class discussions. If you are late for class or must miss a class for any reason, please email her.
Use of IVLE. We will use the IVLE to make announcements concerning the course, especially if there is a need to deviate from the assigned lesson plan, etc. Therefore, students are expected to check their email and the IVLE announcements regularly.