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ZUG2013– Research methodology

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2018

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to guide students in conducting legal research that is generally expected of jurists. Legal science at all levels involves research. In order to deliver research a high standard and acceptable quality, it is important that students are familiar with some of the key components, methods and concepts of research and research methodology. On completion of this module students will have mastered the skills of defining a research topic, doing independent research and writing up the results of his/her research, following standard methods of citation. Students will demonstrate the ability to present and communicate successfully based on legal argumentation and discourse and problem–solving strategies complying with the expectations of, inter alia, the final year LLB mini-dissertation.


  • Integrate a coherent and critical understanding of basic concepts of legal research.
  • Analyse a real world problem by retrieving information from a number of resources.
  • Conduct research according to the prescribed legal conventions.
  • Integrate and retrieve information and through research writing convert into a mini-dissertation.
  • Present and communicate information successfully based on legal argumentation and discourse and problem-solving strategies to comply with the LLB mini-dissertation.
  • Apply the style of reference and citation of Monash South Africa.


Summative assessment by way a mini-project: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.