General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW7001
Course name: Research Seminar
Programme offered under: Research Programme
Semester: First

1.2 Course description

This course will focus on how to raise research questions, how to amass data, how to make a plausible argument, and how to get papers published. It introduces the major research methods such as doctrinal analysis, law and anthropology, socio-legal studies, law and economics, law and literature, quantitative analysis, etc

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Xin He xfhe@hku.hk CCT 608 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Raise a plausible research question.

CLO 2 Identify the gap in the existing literature.

CLO 3 Use appropriate methods in making an argument.

CLO 4 Find relevant data for the analysis.


3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weightings Feedback method Course learning outcomes
Research question & thesis statement 30 Sept 2023 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
A “Core chapter” 1 Nov 2023 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
A critical analysis another student’s foundation chapter 12 Nov 2023 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
Presentation of the core chapter and general class participation TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor.

3.3 Grading Criteria

Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Learning Resources

4.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA