Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Registered for a postgraduate programme in Law or selected MA programmes or with permission of the Director of PGT Studies in Law.
Co-requisites: LWMTPS Project Skills
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Stavroula Karapapa

Email: s.karapapa@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

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 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 and/or socio-political context;
- access, take advantage of, and critically use different sources of 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.
- to navigate their way through research databases and other information technology that work on the same basis as those which they have used in their research.

Outline content:
Students will research and write a dissertation of a maximum of 14,000 words. The title of the dissertation must be agreed with the module convenor and the proposed supervisor.

Students should note that some LLM programme specifications set down specific requirements for the Dissertation. In the LLM International Law and World Order the Dissertation must be written on a topic that has a meaningful relationship to international law or international politics. In the LLM European Union Law the Dissertation must be written on a topic that has a meaningful relationship to issues of law or politics as they concern the European Union or its relationship with the Member States, or involve comparative projects examining the laws of the Member States.

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
Guided independent study 400
Total hours by term 400.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Dissertation of a maximum of 14,000 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 LLM Programme Handbook and the Law School Guide. 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 standard University policy.
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

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme Handbook

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: 31 March 2017

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