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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: LAW3011 Module Title: DISSERTATION - FRENCH
Module Provider: School of Law Short Name: LIL323F
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: RAUXLOH RE Dr (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Module is conducted over the course of the year
Meetings with the supervisor to be arranged by the student in accordance with the agreement of the supervisor.

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Formal 10,000 -12,000 word word-processed dissertation in French. The dissertation will conform to the conventions of formal academic French writing, which is discussed, in French, at the viva


Module Overview
A   Content
  1. Identification of Issues
    Students should demonstrate the ability to identify the legal issues raised by the title.
  2. Research
    Students should demonstrate that they have undertaken appropriate research of both primary (e.g. cases and statutes) and secondary sources (e.g. journal articles and texts). Recognition should be had to the significant contribution authoritative academic viewpoints make to the subject. All legal authorities and other source material should be properly cited and a bibliography included.
  3. Analysis of the Law and Application to the Question
    Students should demonstrate the ability to analyse the relevant law, recognising gaps and inconsistencies, and to apply it to the issues raised by the title.
  4. Evaluation and Synthesis
    The law should be subjected to critical analysis and, where appropriate, a consideration of its wider context.
  5. Conclusions
    Students should demonstrate the ability to reach appropriate conclusions drawn from their analysis of the law and of the issues raised by the question. Depending upon the nature of the question, such conclusions may appear in the course of analysis or in a concluding section.
B   Presentation
  1. Structure
  2. Clarity of expression
  3. Conciseness
  4. Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
  5. Legibility
C   Viva
  1. Knowledge of dissertation text
  2. Familiarity with sources cited in the dissertation
  3. Oral fluency
  4. Ability to respond to detailed questions about the process, materials used and drafting of the dissertation
The assessment strategy is designed to discover whether the student has understood the main principles of raised in the dissertation title; undertaken in depth research; and developed a critical awareness of the subject area.

Level 1 and Level 2

Module Aims
The dissertation is an opportunity for students to study in-depth an aspect of the law of a French-speaking country or to carry out a comparative study of an aspect of the law of a French-speaking country and of English Law. Developing and demonstrating and in-depth knowledge of the area chosen is the primary objective of the module.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the module, students are able to:
  1. Identify legal sources from appropriate jurisdictions;
  2. Identify and retrieve up-to-date legal information using paper and electronic resources;
  3. Distinguish primary and secondary sources;
  4. Show insight into presenting legal materials drawn from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and doctrinal commentary;
  5. Demonstrate developed research skills in assimilating, processing and utilising knowledge;
  6. Demonstrate competence at incorporate and applying, as appropriate, ethical values, philosophical principles and political constraints to research material;
  7. Analyse, evaluate and apply the material and to produce a logical, structured and original piece of written work;
  8. Demonstrate presentation skills;
  9. Demonstrate appropriate written French language skills;
  10. Demonstrate appropriate oral French language skills at the viva.
Module Content
The student should choose an appropriate research subject with the approval of the supervisor. The subject should be an aspect of the law of a French-language jurisdiction or a comparative study of an aspect of law across relevant jurisdictions.
The student should then produce a 10,000 to 12,000 word word-processed dissertation which draws on primary and secondary sources, academic commentary and which analyses and evaluates the material and is a logical, structured and original piece of work.
The following requirements are in place to structure the process:
  1. Students are required to submit an outline topic or a preliminary title to the Department office by the first week of the Autumn Semester. Any student not submitting an outline topic or preliminary title will not be allocated a Supervisor.
  2. Students are required to submit a working title for the dissertation supported by the Supervisor’s signature to the Department office during the Reading Week of the Autumn Semester. Any student not submitting a working title, or without the Supervisor’s approval for the project, will be excluded from the module.

    Students on the LLB Law and French programme should note that the dissertation is a compulsory part of their LLB and that they may not be given permission to substitute other credits for the relevant dissertation module. The student’s degree will be at risk, and this may prevent the student graduating in that academic session.
  3. Students should note the deadline for submission of the dissertation. Two bound copies of the dissertation are to be submitted by TUESDAY 4 APRIL 2006. Students should note that this deadline is during the Easter vacation and any student who is away from Guildford at this time will have to submit the dissertation at the end of the teaching weeks. There is no provision for the late receipt of dissertations, and that any work received late will not be marked and no credits will be awarded for the module. Individual extensions to the deadline for submission will only be given on exceptional medical grounds, for which evidence will be required.
  4. The submitted dissertation text must be presented in the format specified in the Undergraduate Handbook.
  5. Students should also note the viva is a compulsory part of the dissertation assessment process. Questions may be asked in English or French or both
Methods of Teaching/Learning

The work is initiated and carried through by the individual student with supervision.

Selected Texts/Journals

The student builds his/her own bibliography from sources relevant to the subject.

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