General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW7003
Course name: Graduate Research Seminar
Programme offered under: Research Programme
Semester: Second

1.2 Course description

The Graduate Research Seminar is comprised of two inter-related parts: a workshop for the presentation of (RPG) student research; and a practicum focusing on issues of professional development. The purpose of the Seminar is to enhance the quality of graduate research, and to better prepare students for publishing and entering the job market.

The workshop will provide a constructive and inclusive forum for the presentation and discussion of papers, or parts of the doctoral thesis. To present in the workshop, students will be able to apply only under two conditions: (i) the student must have achieved post-confirmation status and must remain in good standing; and (ii) the student’s advisor must support the workshop presentation. We retain discretion to approve or ask for revision of the application.

The practicum will be devoted to sessions on professional development, including: developing a research agenda; choosing and submitting to academic journals; writing an effective cv; applying for jobs; giving a job talk; and so on. Other faculty might join us in these sessions.

All RPG students are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. Those who enrol in the Seminar for credit will be expected to attend and participate fully in each session during the term, and to ask at least one question of the presenter at workshops. The class will be graded Pass/Fail. We expect students to have completed Prof. HE Xin’s graduate course on writing a thesis (required), and Pro. Stone Sweet’s course on Design and Mthods – Qualitative Legal Research (recommended). I understand that Prof. Benjamin Chen is also designing a course on qualitative method for lawyers which, if approved, would also be recommended.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Alec Stone Sweet asweet@hku.hk CCT 903 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 The workshop component will give students invalauble experience presenting their own thesis resarch, and discussing and critiquing the current research of their peers.

CLO 2The professional development (practicum) component will involve students in topics including research, teaching, publishing, and entering the job market.


3.1 Assessment Summaryc

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method Course learning outcomes
Class participation TBC 60% 1, 2
Response papers to workshop presentations and professional development seminars (practicum). Submission of professional materials after discussion and revision (e,g,, the cv, prospectus, statement of research agenda, etc.) TBC 40% 1, 2

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