If you were enrolled in a Level 200 LAWXXX unit in 2015 for the first time, and enrolled in a law degree at that time (or in a later year), the new honours rules will apply to you. A simple test: were you enrolled in a law degree in 2015 (or later) as well as undertaking Legal Reasoning and/or Foundations of Private Law in that year. If the answer is yes, the ‘new honours’ regime will apply to you.
There are four elements to the new honours program
- Completion of a new online unit in final year in either semester 1 or 2 (you choose the semester you wish to study) (Honours Research methods (HRM)). This unit is in addition to what you need to complete to get a law degree. Students not in the honours program will not do this unit. HRM should preferably be completed before, or at the same time as the major research component.
- Achievement of GPA in law units (excluding LAW121; LAW122; LAW455; and LAHXXX (Honours Research Methods) –GPA is 6 for firsts (ie DN average) –5.7 (Second Uppers) –5.4 (Second Lowers).
- Completion of a Minor Research Component in an LAWXXX coded unit (penultimate or final year, unit must be identified as an honours unit – at least 50% assessed by assignment, assignment word length of 2,000 words plus). This unit counts as one of your normal elective choices.
- Completion of a Major Research Component in an LAHXXX coded unit (final year only, identified as an honours unit). If seeking to get Firsts, this unit must be LAH679 (14,000 word paper). If on track to get Seconds, this unit must be a LAHXXX unit (though not LAH679) that has a 5,000 word research paper. This unit counts as one of your normal elective choices.
Exchange Students undertaking Combined Degrees present specific problems.
- Students on Exchange undertake the equivalent of 4 units while on exchange.
- Exchange is undertaken in the penultimate year of study.
- Students in combined degrees will do 5 electives during degree, but only 1 elective in the final year.
- This elective spot in the final year must be reserved for either LAH679 (for students on track to get Firsts) or LAHXXX (for students on track to get Seconds).
- This means that 1 unit on exchange must be the equivalent of an honours unit. If you fail to undertake an equivalent honours unit while on exchange, you will be unable to meet the requirements for honours.
- Before confirming your exchange, check what you are planning to do with Academic Administration (Law.Enquiries@utas.edu.au).
CAREFUL PLANNING IS REQUIRED
- Students will be invited to participate in the honours program towards the end of the penultimate year of study. Because this only occurs at the end of the penultimate year, you will still need to be aware of whether you are on track for honours before invitation and plan your elective unit selections accordingly (ie if you are in year 3 of the five year combined degree program and on track for honours, identify your study plan for the next couple of years, on the basis that you will might receive an invitation to join).
- Students who have a GPA of 5.2 at the end of the penultimate year of study will be invited to join the Second Class honours program. If your GPA is 5.8 at the end of the penultimate year, you will be invited to join the First Class Honours Program. The numbers are slightly lower than what you will need to get honours, but we need a margin of error to take account of students whose results improve in the final year(s) of the degree.
- If you think you are on track to get honours, you must check your email late November or December. If you don’t receive an email, and believe you are eligible, email Law.Enquiries@utas.edu.au. Failure to be admitted will see you unable to participate in the honours program. You must initiate the admission process in the Honours Degree Course – we cannot do this for you. Once admitted, there will be some additionally paperwork that you will need to complete and this will be made available through the Student eCentre.
The unit is designed to assist students to advance an independent research project (eg 14,000 honours dissertation for LAH679 students or the 5,000 word assignment for other LAHXXX units).
The unit will:
- Introduce students to a range of different research paradigms and methodologies.
- Encourage students to critically question the role and relevance of legal research and scholarship and how their project might add to the field.
- Assist students to plan a strong research project and communicate that project clearly.
- Provide practical tips on writing and advancing scholarly argument.
- Help students identify potential ethical issues and possible publication and other dissemination outlets.
This unit has been designed for Flexible Delivery and is taught entirely on-line.
Practical Assessment Tasks:
- Research proposal.
- Research journal.
Designed to assist students successfully complete dissertations without creating undue additional burdens.
For further information on this unit contact Dr Susan Bartie Susan.Bartie@utas.edu.au.