Available to stage 2 and 3 students. Either a minimum of a Merit at stage 1 or a minimum of a 2:1 in the LW592 project is required for students to be eligible for this module. Students must also submit a Dissertation notification form, see the guidance on Moodle.
OverviewThis module allows a student to undertake a lengthy writing project on a law -related subject that interests her/him under the supervision of a KLS staff member. It is available to Stage 2 and 3 students taking single or combined honours law programmes. Students wishing to take this module must settle on their topic and find a dissertation supervisor near the end of the Spring term of the academic year previous to the start of this module. During the first term of this module, the convenor will conduct several sessions on how to research and write a law dissertation.
This module appears in:
Approximately 8 hours per term (consisting of sessions with the convenor and your supervisor)
Method of assessment
100% dissertation of 6000-8000 words (due at the beginning of the summer term).
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Explain and justify the significance of their research
2. Be familiar with the literature relevant to their research
3. Be familiar with the theories, concepts and methods relevant to their research
4. Examine and critically evaluate legal issues within a social and critical context as evidenced by and within their dissertation projects, and be able to support the evaluation with evidence and reasoning
5. Conduct research independently by drawing on feedback from academic supervisors, by exercising reflection and self-criticism, and by managing time and resources effectively
6. Communicate the findings of their research effectively and fluently in an extended piece of writing (a 6-8,000 word dissertation).