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LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method (2018)

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LocationDomesticInternational
Online Session 1 N/A

Unit aim

Introduces researchers studying or working in the field of law to the range of theoretical and epistemological frameworks which may inform different types of legal research and to the methods and methodologies which may be employed in the legal research process. Provides students with the practical skills necessary to enable them to carry out and produce well designed and articulated research projects.

Unit content

1. Orientation: The nature of research; Types of research; Theoretical paradigms and frameworks.
2. The processes of research: Planning and design Identifying the scope and range of a research project; The research design; Research methods and methodologies; Formulating research questions; Articulating research aims; The ethics of research.
3. The processes of research: Working with data; Data collection methods; Interpreting and analysing data; Literature reviews.
4. Reflection and writing: Writing a synopsis; Identification and articulation of theoretical frameworks; Identification and articulation of methodology; Writing the text; Citation and referencing; Articulating outcomes and conclusions; Research dissemination.

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 be able to justify and interpret theoretical propositions and conduct scholarly legal research.
2 demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues in a research context.
3 communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for scholarly audiences.
4 capacity to apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous, cultural, social, political, environmental and gender issues to all aspects of legal scholarship.
5 plan, develop and deliver an effective project presentation.
6 develop a comprehensive research proposal.

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

  1. be able to justify and interpret theoretical propositions and conduct scholarly legal research.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues in a research context.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for scholarly audiences.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. capacity to apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous, cultural, social, political, environmental and gender issues to all aspects of legal scholarship.
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. plan, develop and deliver an effective project presentation.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. develop a comprehensive research proposal.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Online

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 8 hours (Orientation week)
Workshop online 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Presentation 40%
Research Proposal 60%

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

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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