module specification

LL6P51 - Law Extended Essay (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Law Extended Essay
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
 
148 hours Guided independent study
2 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 80%   Extended Essay (including Proposal)
Coursework 20%   Reflective statement
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Monday Afternoon

Module summary

The module requires the students to undertake a detailed, critical investigation into a contentious legal topic; the investigation is structured, so that students are required to formulate a research proposal at the outset; engage with regular supervision throughout the process; and produce at the end a reflective statement describing and evaluating the experience of their research and of their undergraduate studies generally

Module aims

To enable students to formulate a Research Proposal identifying an appropriate topic and considering appropriate research techniques
To enable students to show an ability to undertake sustained investigation of a legal topic
To encourage students to plan and organise a substantial piece of work and develop their work-organisation skills
To enable students to show an ability to produce work at a high level of presentation

Syllabus

for full details see section C in Module Booklet

Learning and teaching

The module will be unique in that Learning will be almost entirely student-driven. Though some guidance will be given as to possible areas of research and recommended research trails, the area of law to be uncovered and the organisation of material required for its communication will be almost entirely the responsibility of the student.  A timetable and research strategy will be devised by agreement between student and supervisor. Progress will be monitored through the supervision process.
Materials on-line will guide the students in relation to research methods and contain sign-posts towards literature (paper and electronic) relevant to their particular topic

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to
Identify an appropriate area for research
Identify appropriate research techniques for the retrieval of legal and non-legal materials
Engage in legal research at a graduate level of depth and breadth
Communicate the state of the law and the impact or potential impact of legal developments from a social or moral perspective
Synthesise legal rules and their human or social context
Describe and reflect on the value of their research and its contribution to their personal development

Assessment strategy

Extended essay of 5000 words
Project Proposal
Reflective Statement

Bibliography

NB Students must use the most recent edition of the books cited.

Holborn, G, Butterworths Legal Research Guide,  (Oxford University Press)
Knowles, J, Effective Legal Research, (Sweet and Maxwell)
Salter, M, & J Mason, Writing law dissertations: an introduction and guide to the conduct of legal research,  (Pearson/Longman)
Stott, D, Legal Research, (Cavendish)