LAW4327 - Honours thesis - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 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



  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)


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

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

There is an academic entry requirement, see details on the Faculty Honours webpage.

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104

There is an academic entry requirement, see details on the Faculty Honours webpage.

No more than 72 credit points remaining to complete the law requirements for the degree at the time of commencing the unit.


This unit provides high achieving students with an opportunity to research, write and present a significant piece of original work. Students will write a thesis under the supervision of an academic member of staff, on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the Chief Examiner. Students will also publically present the main findings of their research and participate in a seminar program.


At the successful completion of this Unit, students will:

  1. Have planned, executed and reported on a piece of research or scholarship undertaken with a significant degree of independence;
  2. Have acquired a detailed knowledge and expertise in the area of the topic which is the subject of the thesis;
  3. Have developed and demonstrated both intellectual and practical research skills, including the skills needed to identify, evaluate, interpret and synthesise material relevant to the student's chosen research topic;
  4. Have developed and demonstrated skills of critical analysis and original thought, including in-depth analysis of the legal and policy issues relevant to the student's chosen research topic;
  5. Be able to identify, articulate and effectively communicate complex legal and policy issues in a manner that is succinct, scholarly and persuasive;
  6. Be able to exchange knowledge and ideas with other scholars in order to achieve a high quality of legal scholarship;
  7. Be able to learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism;
  8. Be able to reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.


Thesis (8,000-10,000 words) 80%

Presentation of thesis findings (at Honours Conference at end of Semester 2) 10%

Attendance and participation in the supporting Honours Research Seminar Program (2 x 1 day events being the Honours Orientation Day and Honours Conference and 2 x half day Honours Seminars including completion of set exercises ahead of these seminars) 10%