LAW4801 Research Project

Brief outline of LAW4801 Research Project

A student undertaking LAW4801 Research Project will be "attached" to a particular elective unit (the “host unit”). You will attend classes for the host unit in the regular way, and will (amongst other things) write a research paper on a topic set by the host unit's Chief Examiner that pertains to the subject-matter of the host unit. Please see the table located at the end of these guidelines for a list of the host units available in 2018, as well as the essay topics pertaining to those units (where these have been made available).

A maximum of 10 students will be attached to each host unit for the purposes of Research Project.

Although students will normally write research papers individually, students may, at the discretion of the Chief Examiner of the relevant host unit, undertake Research Unit in groups of 3 or 4.

Eligibility and prerequisites

There is no minimum GPA requirement for entry into the Research Project, however eligibility for entry into the Research Project relies on you having completed the following prerequisite subjects:

  • LAW1111 Foundations of Law
  • LAW1112 Public Law and Statutory Interpretation
  • LAW1113 Torts
  • LAW1114 Criminal Law 1
  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B
  • LAW2111 Constitutional Law
  • LAW2112 Property A
  • LAW3111 Equity
  • LAW3112 Corporations Law
  • LAW3402 Property B
  • And any three Law elective units.

Enrolling in LAW4801 Research Project

Eligible students will enrol through the Web Enrolment System (WES) in the usual way, however there is an additional step required in Moodle for students to select their ‘host unit’.  Please ensure that you make your selection carefully as once you have selected a host unit, it is unable to be changed.

Please follow the below steps to enrol in LAW4801 Research Project:

  1. Enrol in LAW4801 Research Project through the Web Enrolment System (WES).  For assistance with enrolling through WES, please visit the WES help for coursework students web page.
  2. Identify your host unit preference from the list available (see below ‘Research Project host units for 2017 and research project topics’.
  3. Approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which you have enrolled in Research Project, you will receive notification that you may now nominate your Host Unit. Once you have received that notification, enter Moodle and log in using your student ID and password.  For assistance with Moodle, please visit the Moodle Support for Students web page.
  4. Select LAW4801 Research project
  5. Under ‘Choosing your host unit’, click on ‘Host unit selection’.
  6. Select your host unit and click on ‘Save my choice’.**

**Please make your selection carefully.  Once you have selected a host unit, it cannot be changed. **

Approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which you have enrolled in Research Project (ie semester 1 or semester 2), you will be notified that you will be able to nominate your Host Unit for the subject by way of the process described above.

Allocation

We will endeavour to give each student their first preference of host unit, however the limit of 10 students per host unit means this may not always be possible.

In circumstances where more than 10 students wish to be allocated to a particular elective unit as the host unit for Research Project, enrolment will be based on a first come, first served basis. Students will assign themselves to the host unit in accordance with the availability of places in the host units, each of which has a quota.

Interaction with other units

You cannot enrol in Research Project unless you meet the prerequisites set out earlier in these guidelines. The prerequisites include successful completion of at least three other law elective units. Your enrolment in Research Project is otherwise independent of your enrolment in other elective units, even if that elective unit is your host unit for the purposes of Research Project.

This means that a student may be allocated to a particular host unit whether or not that student has previously undertaken that unit. Likewise, a student may enrol in an elective unit at the same time as that student is allocated to it as Research Project host unit.

For example, a student who is enrolled in Research Project in semester 2 2017 may be allocated LAW4129 Law and Discrimination as host unit whether or not that student has previously undertaken LAW4129. Likewise, a student who is enrolled in Research Project in semester 2 2017 with LAW4129 Law and Discrimination as host unit may also, at the same time, enrol in LAW4129 in the normal fashion.

Assessment

For students who complete the research project as an individual activity:

1. Research skills modules (designed to help students develop the necessary skills to plain, research and write their research project) and quiz, completed online (10%)

2. Project plan (10%)

3. Research Project paper (4,000 words) (80%)

For students who complete the research project as a group activity:

1. Research skills modules and quiz completed online (10%)

2. Project plan - group activity (10%)

3. Online reflective journal entries on the conduct of the project - individual activity (10%)

4. Research Project paper (8,000 words) - group activity (70%)

Consultation with lecturers

The host unit classes that Research Project students attend will give them a suitable foundation for undertaking their research and completing their assessment tasks. This means that lecturers will not, in the normal course,be able to provide students with substantive feedback on any of the items listed under “Assessment” above, prior to submission. For example, they will not be able to tell students if their interpretation of the law regarding a certain matter is correct. Lecturers will not be able to read drafts of any of the items listed under “Assessment” above.

However, during one of weeks five, six or seven of the semester there will be a one hour class for each host unit (normally immediately after one of the normal classes for the unit) which is solely for Research Project students allocated to that unit. During this class, Research Project students will have the opportunity to discuss their Research Project progress with the Chief Examiner. For instance, you may seek advice about research and writing generally, or about particular difficulties you are having with the materials covered in lectures or with the writing of your Research Project paper.

Research Project host units for 2018, and research project topics

The following elective units are available as host units, for the purposes of Research Paper, in 2018.

Semester 1

Unit

Chief Examiner

Topic

LAW4122 International Law

Professor Jean Allain

TBA

LAW4130 Law and Social Theory

Assoc Prof Patrick Emerton

TBA

LAW4132 Law of Employment

Dr Garbrielle Golding

TBA

LAW4155 International Human Rights

Professor Sarah Jopseh

TBA

LAW4180 International Law of the Sea and Maritime Security: Pirates

Professor Douglas Guilfoyle

TBA

LAW4193 Biotechnology and the Law

Assoc Prof Karinne Ludlow

TBA

LAW4198 Australian Commercial Law

Professor Justin Malbon

TBA

LAW4244 Construction Law (Dispute Resolution)

Professor Paula Gerber

TBA

LAW4316 Media Law I

Dr Sharon Rodrick

TBA

LAW4301 Advanced Torts

Assoc Prof Normann Witzleb

TBA

LAW4322 Advanced Taxation Law

Professor Stephen Barkoczy

TBA

LAW4342 Patents, Trade Marks and Unfair Competition

Professor Mark Davison

TBA

LAW4356 World Trade Organisation – Dispute Settlement

Dr Caroline Henckels

TBA

LAW4654 Law and Liberty

Assoc Prof Janice Richardson

TBA

LAW4702 Competition and Consumer Law

Professor Justin Malbon

TBA

LAW4704 Taxation Law

Professor Stephen Barkoczy

TBA

Semester 2

Unit Chief ExaminerTopic

LAW4112 Advanced Constitutional Law

Emeritus Professor HP Lee

TBA

LAW4113 Current Problems in Criminal Law

Dr Natalia Antolak- Saper

TBA

LAW4122 International Law

Dr Eric Wilson

TBA

LAW4132 Law of Employment

Dr Gabrielle Golding

TBA

LAW4160 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Professor Jeff Giddings

TBA

LAW4184 International Criminal Law

Professor Douglas Guilfoyle

TBA

LAW4230 Animal Law

Dr Joanna Kyriakakis

TBA

LAW4537 Public Policy, Regulation and the Law

Professor Graeme Hodge and Dr Eric Windholz

TBA

LAW4671 Private Investment Law

Professor Stephen Barkoczy and Ms Tarmara Wilkinson

TBA

LAW4704 Taxation Law

Professor Stephen Barkoczy

TBA

Contact information

For further information about the Research Project unit, please contact one of the following, preferably by email:

  1. Law Undergraduate Student Services

    Phone: Monash Connect Contact Centre on 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)

    Online: Ask.Monash

  2. Dr. Colin Campbell
    Phone: +61 3 9905 3313, Email: Colin.Campbell@monash.edu