LAW4173 - Research unit A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Graeme Hodge

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester B 2018 (On-campus)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1101; LAW1104

This unit is offered for special purposes only. To apply contact the Law Undergraduate Student Services Office.


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later: LAW3111; LAW3112


This is a program of individual research and writing on a legal topic or project which has been approved by the Chief Examiner after consultation with the proposed supervisor. The topics or projects may be associated with opportunities for placements or internships in legal services in the private or government sectors, in Australia or overseas.


At the successful completion of this Unit, students will be able to:

  1. Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism through a largely self-directed research project or practical professional project in an internship as appropriate
  2. Identify and articulate complex legal issues
  3. Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues
  4. Engage in critical analysis and make reasoned choices amongst alternatives
  5. Demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses and developing new understandings
  6. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to interpret legal conclusions and professional decisions, as well as to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues
  7. Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences as appropriate for the particular research project.


Research paper (5000-6000 words): 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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