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This unit is designed to assist students to advance an independent research project (their honours dissertation). The unit will encourage students to critically question the role and relevance of legal research and scholarship and how their project might add to the field. Students will be introduced to a range of different research paradigms and methodologies from law and other disciplines.  The unit will assist students to plan a strong research project and communicate that project clearly.  It will provide practical tips on writing and advancing scholarly argument.  It will also help students to identify potential ethical issues and possible publication and other dissemination outlets. The unit also seeks to embed essential personal skills in time management, critical reflection and the capacity to work independently.

Summary 2020

Unit name Honours Research Methods
Unit code LAH401
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Phillipa McCormack

Teaching staff

Dr Phillipa McCormack & Dr Charlotte Hunn (Semester 2)

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Successfully lead an independent research project that contributes to the discipline of law.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of methods and research questions that make up the discipline of law.
  3. Create and clearly communicate a research plan that is both manageable and rigorous.
  4. Reflect on and evaluate their progress throughout their execution of a research project.



Teaching Pattern

The unit will be taught entirely online to offer students flexibility.  Students can listen to and engage with the online workshops at any time, however it is envisaged that they will complete all six workshops within the first eight weeks of the semester. It is expected that students will devote the bulk of their time to applying the instruction and guidance they receive in this unit to bettering their approach to their individual research projects.


A 1500 word Research Proposal and a Research Journal.

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