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LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research (2017)

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

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LocationDomesticInternational
Distance EducationSession 2N/A

Unit aim

Students must be able to find the law in an efficient and expeditious manner before they are able to apply it to the solution of a real or hypothetical legal problem. This unit will further develop legal research skills that have been introduced at an earlier stage in the degree. These skills must be complemented by the ability to critically analyse, to discover a problem or philosophical issue worthy of investigation, to establish hypotheses concerning the problem, where this is appropriate, and to test the hypotheses and present the outcomes of the investigation.

Unit content

Students enrolled in this unit will have completed LAW10181 Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method to undertake the groundwork for their Honours work. In that unit, each student was assigned a member of academic staff as their research supervisor. This unit follows and involves applying the skills and knowledge acquired in LAW10181 to undertake independent research and develop a piece of academic writing. Accordingly, students are required to undertake an independent legal research project and prepare an article-length paper to present their research findings. The unit assessor will confirm that suitable supervision arrangements are in place to ensure students and their supervisors can continue to work together over this teaching period. We hope students find LAW00524 a special opportunity to articulate their views about an area of the law which interests them.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate advanced cognitive and creative skills in identifying, adapting and developing solutions to legal problems
2 undertake a research project that demonstrates a coherent understanding and appropriate application of research principles and methods
3 apply research methodologies and knowledge to arrive at a new understanding in relation to specific legal issues
4 present the results of legal research in an appropriate scholarly written form.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced cognitive and creative skills in identifying, adapting and developing solutions to legal problems
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. undertake a research project that demonstrates a coherent understanding and appropriate application of research principles and methods
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. apply research methodologies and knowledge to arrive at a new understanding in relation to specific legal issues
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. present the results of legal research in an appropriate scholarly written form.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.

Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Distance Education

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site (5 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (Optional)
Self-directed project (15 weeks)
Assessment
Assignment 100%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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