Studying online

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Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is a prerequisite for SJD candidates before they commence their thesis. This unit adopts a flexible approach in relation to the format of the workshops/seminars. Specialists are invited to lead discussion on various topics.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) think about contemporary legal issues; and advanced concepts in legal theory and research methodology and (2) develop knowledge and application of new technology in legal research; critical analytical skills; and broader research writing and communication skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: research assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Erika Techera
Contact hours
This unit will run as a mixture of compulsory and optional sessions. Compulsory sessions run 2-4pm 18 and 25 March, 8 and 15 April and 6 May.

Brian H Bix, Jurisprudence: Theory and Context, Sweet & Maxwell, 8th edition, 2019.  Available in the Beasley Law Library and for purchase from Thomson Reuters: .

Geoffrey Samuel, Dawn Watkins and Mandy Burton (eds), Research Methods in Law (Routledge, 2018, 2nd ed) available on-line through UWA Library Catalogue.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.