LWMHDI-Research Dissertation (Legal History)

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 90 [45 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
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 undertake supervised independent research and write a 20,000 word research dissertation on a topic agreed with the Programme Director and Research Dissertation Supervisor.

The aim of this module is to develop high-level skills in research design, management and implementation through conduct of a major independent research project and writing of the 20,000 word research dissertation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing the module, students will:

•have a detailed knowledge of the topic of the dissertation;

and will be able to:

•critically analyse and evaluate the topic;
•place the subject matter of the dissertation within a wider legal, historical and/or socio-political context;
•access, take advantage of, and critically use different sources of legal historical research;
•evaluate the objectivity and relevance of different sources of research;
•construct an argument that can be sustained through a work of such length;
•use a recognised citation style;
•present the dissertation in a manner that is clear, logical and well-written.

Additional outcomes:
It is also expected that students will be able:
•to develop personal responsibility and initiative in planning, managing and executing a major research project professionally;
•to make decisions during unforeseen and complex situations as the research progresses and develop self-reliance and -direction in addressing and solving problems.

Outline content:
Students will research and write a 20,000 word research dissertation. The title of the dissertation must be agreed with the proposed supervisor and with the Programme Director.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning takes the form of regular supervision at times agreed by the student and their supervisor.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 2 2 3
Guided independent study 297 297 299
Total hours by term 299.00 299.00 302.00
Total hours for module 900.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Dissertation of not more than 20,000 words including footnotes and/or endnotes but excluding declaration, table of contents, bibliography and the abstract, formatted in accordance with the rules as set out in the Regulations for LLM Dissertations in the Postgraduate School Guide 2005-2006. An electronic disk copy should be made available immediately on request.

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):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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