Research Project (GCCL) A

Subject LAWS90068 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 80 hours
Total Time Commitment:

150 hours

Students are expected to log into the LMS and familiarise themselves with the subject, layout, navigation, activities, readings and assessment the week before formal teaching begins.

Students will not be expected to complete any set tasks or readings but will be encouraged to make a start on readings for the module if they so choose.


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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to use a computer, including read material on screen, to a competent standard;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.


Professor Caron Beaton-Wells (Coordinator), Program Director, Global Competition and Consumer Law

Subject Overview:

In this capstone subject students will conduct in-depth research and produce a substantial research paper on a topic relevant to competition or consumer law. Students will be individually supervised in their research by a subject coordinator, including in relation to the identification of their research topic and methodological design. It will be open to students to formulate topics and draw on methods aligned with their legal background and interests.

Students will be expected to undertake a project that investigates research questions and draws on research methods that are primarily law-related. These students will be encouraged to identify research questions for the project that will be directly relevant to their particular areas of interest in legal practice in this field (for example, in mergers, cartels or unilateral conduct).

Students will master sophisticated research and analytical techniques in conceptualising research frameworks, drawing on and synthesising extensive theoretical and comparative material to enrich their analysis and conclusions and exploring at an advanced level the legal, economic and practical implications of their findings. The subject will involve students in presenting their research project and being tested by experts on their research methods, analysis and conclusions, either in person at a workshop or online. Students will be encouraged to produce research papers of publishable quality and assisted in seeking out publication opportunities.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will have developed:

  • An advanced knowledge of the topic relevant to their competition and consumer law research project;
  • Sophisticated cognitive and technical skills relevant to conducting research in the field of competition and consumer law; and
  • A capacity to use the knowledge and skills students have gained in the subject in a way that demonstrates effective autonomy, judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert learner and practitioner in the field of international competition and consumer law.
  • Participation in and contributions to discussion board; tutorials and research workshop, Throughout term: weeks 1-8 (20%)
  • Final assessment task (research paper) (max 10,000 words), Week 9 (80%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Related Course(s): Master of Laws (Global Competition and Consumer Law)

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