Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students become familiar with the basic principles and tools used to carry out research in Legal Studies and Politics. Specific objectives include: Learning what makes socio-legal and political research distinctive; how to write research proposals; how to create a literature review; how to critique scholarly work; how to create and develop an original argument; and how to select suitable research methods to test it (including a selection of qualitative and quantitative research methods typically used in socio-legal and political inquiry)

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second year Legal Studies or Politics subjects and 30 credit points of any second year Humanities or Social Sciences subjects or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LST2SLR, LST3RML, LST2RML, SOC2MSR, SOC3MSR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is Core for the LBLS-Bachelor of Legal Studies degree, and must be completed at EITHER second or third year.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the library.PrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,000-word research proposal (about topic, research questions and hypotheses)25
one 1,000-word review essay (critiquing two research papers)25
one 2,000-word research plan (summary of theory, literature review and research strategy)50