Students enrolled in postgraduate legal studies as part of a thesis or coursework program must demonstrate the capacity to engage with legal research at an advanced level. This unit builds on the research skills students gained in their undergraduate program to enable them to understand the methodologies used in legal research as well as formulate and refine a research topic, locate source materials using advanced technologies and present a research proposal, including literature review and any necessary ethics approval. This unit is highly recommended for students who have never completed a legal research methodologies unit.
1. nature and objectives of legal research
2. methodologies used in legal and interdisciplinary research
3. managing a research project
4. building advanced skills in legal research techniques
5. conducting research on a specific area
6. practising academic integrity in legal research and writing.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate advanced knowledge of the nature and objectives of legal research||Intellectual rigour|
|2||engage in the methodologies used in legal and interdisciplinary research||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|3||use advanced legal research techniques to identify, evaluate, record and manage legal and non-legal materials||Creativity|
|4||engage competently in research in a specialised area of law, locally and internationally||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||practise academic integrity and ethical behaviour in advanced legal research and writing.||Ethical practice|
Study Period 3
- Hutchinson, T, 2018, Research and Writing in Law, 4th edn, Thomson Reuters.
- O'Leary, Z, 2014, The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project, 2nd edn, Sage, London.
Teaching and assessment
SCU Online (intensive)
|Structured online learning|
|Literature review template||40%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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