LAWS6979 Advanced Legal Theory and Research Methodology

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit adopts a flexible approach in relation to the format of the workshops/seminars. All Doctor of Juridical Science students are required to take the unit which is assessed as pass/fail. Specialists are invited to lead discussion on various topics.
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.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Director of Higher Degrees (Research)
Contact hours
intensive/partially online

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.

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