OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Grix, J, 2010, The Foundations of Research, 2nd edn, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Hutchinson, T, 2018, Researching and Writing in Law, 4th edn, Thomson Reuters.
  • Van Hoecke, M (ed.), 2013, Methodologies of Legal Research, Bloomsbury.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 8 hours (Week 1)
Workshop online 2 hours (5 weeks)
Workshop on-site 8 hours (Week 8)
Research Proposal60%

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