LAWS 7027 Legal Philosophy and Methodology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200901

Coordinator Azadeh Dastyari Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces the idea that law is value laden and has a symbiotic relationship with the philosophical, social, political, and economic fabric of society. This unit equips postgraduate students with a solid understanding of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying law and encompasses essential aspects of the legal research process including accessing relevant sources, defining a research question, selecting appropriate research methodologies, and presenting a research project.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 2824 Master of Laws, 2810 Master of Laws (International Governance) or 2826 Juris Doctor.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically analyse legal theories and apply those to issues in international governance.
  2. Evaluate complex issues in international governance.
  3. Plan and undertake a research project on international governance.
  4. Present research outcomes using highly developed written and oral communication skills.

Subject Content

1. Legal methodologies
2. International governance and legal philosophies, including theories of Law and Justice
3. Legal research

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Research Proposal 1,000 words 10 N Individual
Research Proposal Presentation 20 minutes 30 N Individual
Research Paper - Essay 4,000 words 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Terry Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law (Thomson Reuters, 34th ed., 2018).
  • Margaret Davies, Asking the Law Question (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed., 2017)

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Day

Subject Contact Azadeh Dastyari Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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