LAWS430-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Honours Dissertation

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


Honours Dissertation

This research-based course involves choosing an agreed legal research topic, completing a 1,200 word research proposal and writing a 12,000 word dissertation on that topic.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • Choose a research topic;
  • Describe a research question and a research methodology;
  • Describe a particular legal problem and, if appropriate, the relevant law; and
  • Describe, evaluate and, if appropriate, formulate possible solutions to the legal problem identified.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


LAWS451, LAWS501

Course Coordinator

Matthew Barber


Andrew Maples


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Research Proposal 11 May 2020
Draft Honours Dissertation 07 Sep 2020
Final Honours Dissertation 12 Oct 2020 100% Final Honours Dissertation - Dec 2020 Graduation
Final Honours Dissertation 14 Dec 2020 100% Final Honours Dissertation - April 2021 Graduation

Research proposal. Research dissertation 100%.

The research proposal is assessed on a pass/fail basis and students must pass in order to pass the course.

The assessment will be confirmed at the commencement of the course.

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,963.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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