LWMHCT-Critical Thinkers

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Stephen Banks

Email: s.banks@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
Students taking this module will write a review essay of three books which consider an area of interest to them in legal history.

This module aims to develop and enhance students’ knowledge of an area of legal history which is of interest to them, and to develop their ability critically to evaluate and analyse legal historical research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing the module, students will:
•be able to analyse and critically evaluate a range of legal historical research outputs and their approaches and conclusions;
•be able to synthesise wide-ranging material and to articulate arguments effectively and clearly in writing an assessed essay;
•develop their knowledge and understanding of an area of legal history in which they are interested.

Additional outcomes:
This module will also encourage the development of independent learning, as well as communication skills and personal responsibility.

Outline content:
Students will research and write a 12 page review essay considering three books allocated to them by the Module Convenor in consultation with their Dissertation Supervisor.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning is primarily in the form of regular supervision.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 2
Guided independent study 198
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
12 page review essay (formulated in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules) on three books allocated by the Module Convenor

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
As for the original assessment, but a mark in a passed element can be carried forward.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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