This course is offered to Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students in the final or penultimate semester of study in their program.
In consultation with the convenor and teachers, during the first three weeks of the course, students identify a substantial individual or group research project that addresses a complex problem of their choice.
The research project may be undertaken in a range of academic or professional settings. Those settings may include, but are not limited to, legal practice, social justice projects, public policy projects and/ or independent legal research projects (including academic journal article or law reform submission).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Review, analyse, and synthesise knowledge from primary and secondary legal sources to identify and provide solutions to complex legal and justice problems.
- Interpret and critically evaluate the nature of law and its social and ethical impact on society, at a local, national, and/or international level.
- Undertake critical and technical legal research to access a range of legal materials, literature databases, and other online sources, and apply legal or interdisciplinary research methodologies to evaluate and synthesise findings.
- Communicate to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences in a range of written and other formats.
- Work both independently and collaboratively as required, and evaluate and reflect on feedback to develop personal, professional and ethical capability across a range of legal disciplines.
- An interim research report describing the project, its methodology and preliminary research. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- A substantial piece of written research, or equivalent, suitable to the research project. (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Because this course is a research capstone course, it will not have the usual three contact hours per week. There will be three hours of classes in the first week. Further classes may be held throughout the semester as needed. Consultation with teachers will be available weekly. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.
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