LAWS430-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Honours Dissertation

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


LAWS451, LAWS501

Course Coordinator

Matthew Barber


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Research Proposal 03 May 2021
Draft Honours Dissertation 13 Sep 2021
Final Honours Dissertation 11 Oct 2021 100% Final Honours Dissertation - Dec 2021 Graduation
Final Honours Dissertation 13 Dec 2021 100% Final Honours Dissertation - April 2022 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 $1,985.00

* 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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  • LAWS430-21W (C) Whole Year 2021