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LAW5323 Advanced Research Project

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Jeremy Patrick


Pre-requisite: LAW8001 (only for students commencing 2014 onwards)


Being a major research course, this course provides students with opportunities to draw together aspects of their learning throughout the program, demonstrating their level of understanding of law, legal policy and legal processes, as well as a variety of legal and generic skills. This course represents a culmination of student learning experiences in preparation for professional legal careers or other occupations.

The advanced research project involves students undertaking a major project that involves initiative, organisation, research and other activities that may include analysis, problem-solving, reflection, written and oral communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills and ethical inquiry. The course is intended to provide students with an advanced legal research experience that requires and allows them to demonstrate detailed legal knowledge, together with various skills, in multiple areas as they prepare to complete and exit the law program.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students should:

  1. be able to demonstrate their ability to address and engage with a complex legal or social issue or problem and to generate justifiable solutions or answers as required;
  2. have achieved an advanced understanding of a specialised area of law or of interlinked areas of law;
  3. have demonstrated advanced evaluative, critical thinking and reflective skills in the approach taken to the legal or social issue or problem addressed in the project;
  4. be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity to apply theoretical knowledge to complex legal or social questions or problems;
  5. be able to present the project outcomes both in writing and orally and to a high standard.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Enhanced knowledge and understanding in selected fields of law, together with highly developed research, writing and other skills 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Given the project nature of the course, there are no prescribed texts or other materials that need to be purchased.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Research (project) No 100 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 10 February 2023