You design your own research question on a topic contained in the LLB which you have not previously or concurrently studied in depth.
This module requires you to take a high degree of responsibility for the learning process.
- Research for the dissertation may be on a topic in a previously or concurrently studied law module area not otherwise treated in depth in the normal course of studies.
If you complete the module succesfully you should be able to:
- Identify a research topic and write a research proposal
- Explain the methodological basis employed in their research
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in the techniques of data acquisition and analysis
- Plan, structure and write a 10,000 word dissertation on a chosen subject
- Identify and employ a broad range of primary and secondary sources relevant to their topic area
- Assess the arguments of primary source materials against relevant secondary studies
- Critically evaluate different interpretations
- Synthesise relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to the topic
- Construct conclusions in a clear, logically structured, analytical and independently argued piece of work
- Plan and manage their own learning.
The dissertation option will be examined by:
- An electronic submission of a 10,000 word dissertation
- Students may be asked to participate in a viva (oral examination) where marks are borderline or where there are concerns about academic misconduct.