Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Brendan Sweeney


This unit discusses the fundamental theoretical premises that can frame legal and regulatory research. It explores ways of formulating research question(s) and hypotheses, and identifies assumptions and theories that are relevant in the development of a conceptual framework for research. The topics discussed will cover principles of legal and social scientific methods, such as relational theory, comparative law, regulatory theory, social constructivism, systems theory and critical legal theory). Stress will be placed on developing argument analysis (e.g. avoiding fallacies in reasoning, evaluating and constructing sound arguments). These discussions will clarify the theoretical and practical underpinnings of research design, inform subsequent analyses of how to select different research methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed), and illustrate key issues associated with the main arguments development in research work. The unit will also examine ways of presenting a compelling theoretical and practical case for legal and regulatory research. Finally, students will prepare a research proposal and report.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. enhance students' awareness of the core theoretical and methodological perspectives that underpin research about law and regulation at the honours level
  2. increase students' understanding of the principles involved in producing sound complex arguments as required in writing an approved research project
  3. consider and evaluate material presented in the research and methodology seminar series
  4. apply theoretical and methodological knowledge in the preparation of a research proposal for a research project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Brendan Sweeney

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in course BBus(Hons) (Taxation) to undertake this unit