• Class Number 4188
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jelena Gligorijevic
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

An advanced introduction to legal methods and legal writing designed for HDR candidates in the earlier stages of their project. The course is structured around three main objectives:

  1. offer the students an understanding of the practical questions often subsumed under the monikers of method and methodology (question, theory, materials etc);
  2. equip the students with a sophisticated understanding of a variety of research methods and of how to combine them;
  3. enable the students to interact with and evaluate different types and styles of legal writing and to improve their own writing skills.

The course will combine pre-assigned readings with in-class exercises and active student engagement. The goal will be for students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of different legal methods and to apply this knowledge on their own wirings. A major goal of the course would be to encourage the students to achieve constructive alignment between their research question, their legal theory/ies, methods and archives in a way that will facilitate the completion of their project.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate a range of research methods, including the possibilities and limitations of combining them, and justify their suitability for specific research projects.
  2. Assess whether the research question, method and materials of a research project are aligned.
  3. Evaluate gaps and opportunities for further research in one or more fields, develop a research project, and articulate the contribution this makes to the field.
  4. Evaluate and reflect on discussion and feedback arising throughout the course to develop research skills and a distinct authorial voice.

Research-Led Teaching

Learning outcomes for this course:

  1. Evaluate a range of research methods, including the possibilities and limitations of combining them, and justify their suitability for specific research projects.
  2. Assess whether the research question, method and materials of a research project are aligned.
  3. Evaluate gaps and opportunities for further research in one or more fields, develop a research project, and articulate the contribution this makes to the field.
  4. Evaluate and reflect on discussion and feedback arising throughout the course to develop research skills and a distinct authorial voice.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback throughout the course both in discussions in each seminar and following assessment.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course Wattle page. Students are required to access the Wattle site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction + Private Law, Doctrinal and Comparative Methods Each weekly in-person seminar from weeks 1 to 9 features a material opportunity for student discussion with each of our guest lecturers and the convenor which provides ample opportunity for students to receive in-class feedback.
2 Public Law Methods
3 International Law Methods
4 Theoretical Research
5 Empirical Research
6 Historical Research
7 Interdisciplinary Research
8 Law and Economics Methods
9 Critical Legal Theory Methods
10 Oral Presentations
11 Oral Presentations
12 Oral Presentations

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials for this course.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Summary 100 % 04/05/2023 29/06/2023 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.

If circumstances arise which are beyond a student’s control and they are unable to attend a class, the student should contact the Course Convenor in advance (where possible), so that the convenor can adjust their expectations in relation to numbers for that class. If it is not possible to give advance notice, students should send the convenor an email as soon as possible with evidence to support the reason for failure to attend. 


There is no final examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Due Date: 04/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Summary

Details of Task: There are two parts to the single assessment ((1) and (2)), and Part 1 contains three sub-parts ((a) – (c))

  • For Part (1) students will be asked to prepare three iterations of their HDR project: (a) a short summary (150-200 words), (b) an abstract (500-650 words), and (c) an extended summary (1,500-2,000 words)
  • For Part (2) students will be asked to deliver an oral presentation to the class of their research 

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. This course is a Pass/Not Pass course and failure to complete will result in a Not Pass outcome for the course.

Weighting: 100%

Word limit: See above; three different word-limits for written part of assessment. Footnotes should be used for referencing of sources. All references should be in the style required by the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.

Due Date:

  1. All three written iterations are due at 5pm, Thursday 4 May 2023 (week 9) via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply. Your submission must be made in a word processing file format (.doc, .docx). PDF files will not be accepted.
  2. Oral presentations will be delivered in weeks 10-12 inclusive. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.

Estimated return date: Official end of semester results release date via Turnitin. 

Assessment criteria:

Students will be assessed on their written and oral work, as a whole, taking into account the following: 

1) Coherence across the three pieces; 

2) Ability to communicate the central question/argument of the thesis clearly and with the appropriate level of detail; 

3) Constructive alignment between the suggested research question, the proposed theoretical framework, method and research materials; 

4) Quality of research expression, including the adoption of a distinct authorial voice appropriate to the project; and

5) Understanding of the prescribed readings and in-class discussions, including the limitations of each research method.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
  • Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24-hour period.  

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All marks will be provided online by the return date listed in the class summary. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jelena Gligorijevic

Research Interests

Public Law, Legal Theory, Private Law

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Dr Jelena Gligorijevic

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