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Module

LAW8099 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ilke Turkmendag
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

To demonstrate relevant research skills to carry out original research in a chosen area of the law; To acquire knowledge in a specialized topic, possibly outside of the scope of the taught modules; To carry out an advanced piece of independent research in a legal or legally relevant topic.

Outline Of Syllabus

In semester 3, after completion of LAW8090 (or as relevant LAW8152), the students will write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff with relevant subject-specific experience.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1598:00598:00N/A
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to give students the opportunity to conduct a substantial and largely independent project of postgraduate research. The level of supervision is therefore designed to ensure that students are given sufficient guidance to avoid fundamental errors of judgment, and that they can put into practice the sills of organizing their work, discovering and evaluating relevant materials, and presenting their findings in a structured and analytical manner. The dissertation also gives students the opportunity to acquire a body of specialized knowledge in their chosen topic.

The teaching methods have been adapted for delivery in the post-COVID environment and are based on the presumption that in person lectures, seminars and in-person drop-in sessions will be possible but that this shall need to be supplemented by making alternative arrangements under ‘FLEX’ in case of the possibility of more limited possibilities for on Campus teaching).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10010,000-12,000 words, excluding footnotes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to test the ability of students to conduct a substantial independent project of postgraduate research. It allows them to demonstrate their skills in organizing their work, discovering and evaluating relevant materials, and presenting their findings in a structured and analytical manner. It also allows them to demonstrate that they have acquired specialized knowledge in their area of research. Assessment of 100% on the dissertation is therefore appropriate.

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