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Final Project

LGST 559: Drafting Project

The final course to be taken in the PBDLD program is LGST 559. This course is designed to allow students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained in the program through preparing an original piece of legislative drafting under the direction of a supervising instructor and, in some cases, an advisor from the student's jurisdiction. Through the Final Drafting Project students may work on legislation being proposed for their jurisdiction, or engage a community problem identified by a law reform project or in proposals from an NGO or lobby group. The project will result in the production of an effective legislative plan and a new piece of legislation.

Before commencing your final project, you must complete the four core courses:

As you begin the last of the four core courses, you should begin planning for the final project (LGST 559). Planning will include: (1) identifying independent third party instructions from one of the sources mentioned above, and (2) communicating a tentative idea for the project to the Program Directors and engaging in a discussion with them about a potential supervisor.

Examples of Successful Projects

Project Approval

For this project course, students must prepare a detailed project proposal to the satisfaction of their supervising instructor. The proposal must include identification of the instructions which will be the basis of the drafting project, the scope of the drafting project, and identification of a project supervisor, or the need to appoint one. Details of the approval process are in the Study Guide.

Submission of Final Project to the PBDLD Office

Once the Final Project has been graded and returned to the student by the course supervisor, students are then required to submit a clean copy to the Library's Digital Thesis and Project Room (DTPR) in a PDF file, before their final grade will be processed. Students failing to submit a copy of their final project to the site will not be eligible to graduate.

Upon receipt of comments and feedback from the course supervisor and the local advisor (if any), students must prepare an abstract of the project, and may take the opportunity to make minor revisions to their projects prior to submitting it to the DTPR (i.e. correct spelling errors, grammatical errors, minor organizational issues, etc.) for other students and researchers to access. Where the Final Project involves an original piece of legislation on sensitive or privileged material, the student may receive permission from the PBDLD Program Coordinator to make only the abstract available for public access.

Please Note: Copyright permission is required when you want to include a substantial amount of someone else's work in your project. For more information, please refer to Copyright Information for Integrated Studies projects (PDF – 28.0KB).

When submitting the project to the DTPR, we ask that students use the PBDLD template for the title page (MS Word document – 25.5KB).

Students are to complete Athabasca University's Digital Thesis and Project Room (DTPR) Release Form, which will allow the PBDLD Student Services Coordinator to place a copy of the student's Final Project in the Athabasca University Library, in digital format, for circulation. When granting permission for Library circulation, be sure to provide an abstract (not to exceed 300 words) summarizing the content of your integrated project.

We will also require a list of 4 or 5 relevant keywords for cataloguing purposes. Do not include the keywords in your paper. Instead, post the keywords on the "Keywords" field on the DTPR Release Form.

To access the electronic DTPR Release Form, you will require a username and a password, which you may obtain from the PBDLD Office.

Grades for the Final Project will be released once the final, revised copy of the project has been received on the DTPR. A copy will also be placed in the student's record.

For information on the overall DTPR e-submission process, refer to the following website.

Consult the AU Convocation website for details on how to apply for graduation and the associated deadlines.

Updated September 09 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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