Law Honours (7039.5)
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|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 outcomesOn 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 3.
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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Students will undertake a program during which they will conduct research, write, and complete the Honours thesis. Students who successfully complete Law Honours will have further developed their legal or socio-legal analysis capabilities, their ability to think critically (and originally), and their research and writing skills. They will also have learned how to work independently and with a supervisor. Students who successfully complete Law Honours at credit level or above will be eligible to graduate from their LLB with Honours if they meet all the other requirements in the Honours Policy. The unit convenor will arrange for each Honours thesis to be marked and moderated, and will act as a point of contact if there are any supervision issues. The convenor will calculate the final Honours GPA.
Note that enrolment in the Honours program does not mean that you will necessarily graduate with Honours and that enrolment does not necessarily mean that you will get 1st Class Honours.
Learn more about Honours policy at:
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and complete a substantial research project under supervision;
- Demonstrate the ability to locate and utilise the most up-to-date primary and secondary sources relevant to the research project;
- Demonstrate knowledge of existing research paradigms and methodologies as reflected in an explicit justification of the choice of paradigm and methodology;
- Demonstrate the capacity to engage in critical thinking in both the evaluation of research literature and the formulation of original arguments; and
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 3.
This unit is just one component of your degree studies. Across the whole course leading to your degree you are expected to develop skills and attributes across five generic areas – see http://www.canberra.edu.au/learning-teaching/student-support/uc-graduate-attributes
It is not expected that all generic skills will be equally dealt with in the one unit.
This unit concentrates on particular generic skills as indicated below.
PrerequisitesApproval of the Unit Convener. Entry to the LLB program. During their law studies, a student seeking admission to the Honours program must achieve at least a credit average in all law units undertaken at the University of Canberra, or have the potential of achieving a credit average in all law units counted towards their final Honours GPA, this being determined by averaging their scores in all eligible units in accordance with the Law Honours Policy.
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There are books available on writing a Law thesis. It is recommended that you have a look at these.
Terry Hutchinson, Research and Writing in Law, (Lawbook, 2010)
James Lester, Writing Research Papers: a Complete Guide (Pearson, 2012)
Access to University subscribed online databases
Databases can be accessed through the Library website at: http://www.canberra.edu.au/library/research-gateway/databases
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
Self and peer assessment
The University of Canberra Assessment policy states that:
4.7 Assessment by academic staff should be accompanied by opportunities for students to assess both their own performance (self-assessment) and the performance of others (peer assessment).
Opportunities for self and peer assessment may be incorporated into Moodle.
- Where required, further details of items mentioned in this unit outline will be supplied via the Moodle site for this unit.
- Unit-wide notices given via Moodle are deemed to be given to every student in the unit.
- The unit convenor will attempt to ensure that all lectures are recorded.
- Your learning in this unit is supported by Moodle. How and when you use Moodle can be tracked by the unit convener.
- Breaches of University policy including in relation to posting or sending offensive material will be reported. However, Moodle is not moderated in real-time.
27 Harassment and defamation
The University's network must not be used to harass, abuse or otherwise seek to offend other users. To do so may be an offence under the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).
28 Illicit material
The University's network must not be used to access, store or transfer illegal material, such as child pornography. To do so may be an offence under the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).
Users of the University network must respect the rights of copyright owners protected under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Users must not copy material on the network or make material available through the network in breach of the Act. As a general guide no more than ten per cent of a copyright item should be copied or stored. (Refer to the University's Copyright site on UC Online http://www.canberra.edu.au/copyright/welcome for further information)
- Some of the issues covered in this course may be distressing for some people. All students are expected to deal with sensitive issues in a considerate and respectful manner. Please raise any general concerns you may have with the unit convener. Any student experiencing distress should consider seeking counselling or other support. For assistance see http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling