Law Honours (11289.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Research
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Law School||Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate the ability to manage and complete a substantial research project under supervision;
2. Demonstrate the ability to locate and utilise the most up-to-date primary and secondary sources relevant to the research project;
3. Demonstrate knowledge of existing research paradigms and methodologies as reflected in an explicit justification of the choice of paradigm and methodology;
4. Demonstrate the capacity to engage in critical thinking in both the evaluation of research literature and the formulation of original arguments; and
5. Demonstrate mastery of written expression through (a) employing the basic principles of effective, grammatical and argumentative writing, (b) polishing multiple drafts under supervision, and (c) complying with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
This unit is conducted through supervised research. You should have taken the pre-Honours in a prior semester (most likely S1 2020), and you should already have identified a supervisor and met with that person in developing your research proposal for Law Honours. If you still need to identify a suitable supervisor, a list of current supervisors will be available via the unit's Canvas website.
If your research involves interviews, surveys or observation, you need to submit an ethics application - with the help of your supervisor.
Learn about requirements and timetable of University ethics applications at:
The site also notes the ethics application process.
Ethics approval takes time, and ideally you need to seek it prior to the unit starting, as you can do no research involving human subjects until you have obtained approval.
There are no lectures/tutorials/practicals/field classes in this subject. However the unit proceeds according to the timetable listed elsewhere in this unit outline.
PrerequisitesStudents require a GPA of 5.0 to enrol in this unit and must have passed unit 11272 Law and Justice Research Project. Students also require permission from the Unit Convener to enrol.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||Research||Dr Fanny Thornton|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||Research||Dr Fanny Thornton|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||Research||Dr Fanny Thornton|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||Research||Dr Fanny Thornton|
Here some useful general resources for thesis research/writing:
Hutchinson, Terry, Researching and Writing in Law (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2018)
Lester, James, Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide (Pearson, 15th ed, 2015) - https://farname.ir/upload/posts/1396-08/James_D_Lester_Writing_Research.pdf (Links to an external site.)
Laura Lammasnie, Law Dissertations: A Step by Step Guide (Routledge, 2018)
Access to University subscribed online databases
Databases can be accessed through the Library website at: http://www.canberra.edu.au/library/research-gateway/databases. There is additional research support available through the Library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submit via Canvas dropbox.
There are no late submissions unless you validly sought an extension. Late submissions must be pre-arranged with the Law Honours Convenor and will only be granted under limited circumstances and subject to submission of valid supporting documentation.
Special assessment requirements
If you receive a Pass for your Honours thesis, you will pass the Unit but will not graduate with Honours.
The Law Honours will be weighted as 30% for the purpose of calculating the Honours GPA.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The key to success in this unit is working closely with your supervisor. Maximise the opportunity to use their expertise for thesis success. The unit convener will also hold virtual information sessions a few times during semester. details on this will be posted in Canvas. It is your opportunity to ask general questions about the Law Honours process and thesis.
Inclusion and engagement
Please utilize Inclusion and Engagement for providing evidence in support of extensions.
Please work in close consultation with your supervisor as per the Timeline provided elsewhere in this Unit Outline and in Canvas. The only other formal requirement in addition to working on, and submitting on time, your thesis, is a mid-semester progress report to your Unit Convener. See details in Timeline.
Required IT skills
Nothing other than word processing, internet-based research, spreadsheets, etc.
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Semester 2, 2021, Research, UC - Canberra, Bruce (202892)
- Semester 1, 2021, Research, UC - Canberra, Bruce (202517)
- Semester 2, 2020, Research, UC - Canberra, Bruce (190061)
- Semester 1, 2020, Research, UC - Canberra, Bruce (191505)
- Semester 2, 2019, Research, UC - Canberra, Bruce (190060)
- Semester 1, 2019, Research, UC - Canberra, Bruce (190148)