Faculty of Business and Economics

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Monash University

0 points, SCA Band 3, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics


Dr Carolyn Sutherland



  • Second semester 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit provides students with the skill and proficiency to conduct HDR research in business law. The aim of the unit is to assist students to develop research capabilities in the following areas: formulating research questions for legal problems; selecting a research purpose and theoretical perspective; approaches to the literature review; developing complex arguments; organising and structuring content in a law thesis; advanced writing techniques; ethical issues that arise in legal research; and presenting and publishing research in business law. The unit will also guide students to understand and evaluate legal research perspectives and methodologies that suit different types of research problems in business law. These will include traditional doctrinal approaches; comparative legal methods; legal realist, law in action and critical legal studies perspectives; legal history and empirical legal methods.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. increase understanding of the practical challenges that arise in business law research
  2. translate a business law problem into a research problem and research questions and devise an effective research strategy
  3. develop capabilities in producing complex and coherent arguments as required for a thesis in business law
  4. apply relevant theories and methodologies to research problems in business law.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

72 hours per semester of formal class contact, plus an additional 168 hours of private study. Also see unit timetable informationunit timetable information (http://www.monash.edu.au/timetables/).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Students will be required to achieve a mark of at least 70% in all mandatory 6000 level coursework units which need to be completed prior to confirmation.


Students must be enrolled in course code 0029 to undertake this unit.