LWMTLM-Research Methods for LLM Students

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Registered for an LLM programme, or with permission of the Director of PGT in Law
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Aleardo Zanghellini

Email: a.zanghellini@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to assist students in the formulation of a research question appropriate to their chosen area of study and to develop the skills necessary to plan and execute their research programme within the time and resources available. The module aims to foster the practical, generic and personal transferable skills necessary to conduct independent research. Students will also be expected to gain an appreciation of different research methodologies and theoretical approaches to research. Finally, the module also aims to provide practical assistance for students in developing skills in using the internet, electronic library resources, and other documentary sources for undertaking research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing the module, students will:
- be capable of formulating appropriate research questions;
- be able to formulate aims and objectives for their research;
- be able to select the research methods appropriate to the collection and analysis of data or evidence relating to the research question;
- be able to embark upon the preparatory work necessary for their dissertations;
- be aware of the role of values in the research process, from problem formulation through data collection to dissemination;
- be able to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of a range of legal theories and research methods.

Additional outcomes:
In addition to those listed in the School’s ‘core skills statement’, the module will encourage the development of:
•High-level oral communication skills developed through reflective, analytical class discussion

Outline content:
- the process of research design and execution
- theoretical and methodological approaches to legal research.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered primarily through a series of weekly seminars. The seminars explore a variety of issues related to the process of research design and execution and a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to legal research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 12
Work-based learning 88
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
•90% Literature Review, Research Plan and Bibliography (maximum 7 pages)
•10% Attendance and Class Participation

All written work is to be formatted in accordance with the School’s Assessed Work Rules.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme handbook

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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