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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: LAW3012 Module Title: DISSERTATION - GERMAN
Module Provider: School of Law Short Name: LIL323G
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: RAUXLOH RE Dr (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Module is carried out 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 German. The dissertation will conform to the conventions of formal academic German writing, which is discussed, in German, at the viva


Module Overview
The dissertation is an opportunity for students to study in-depth an aspect of the law of a German-speaking country or to carry out a comparative study of an aspect of the law of a German-speaking country and of English Law. Developing and demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the area chosen is the primary objective of the module.
Level 1 and Level 2
Module Aims
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 German-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.
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 incorporating 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 German language skills;
  10. Demonstrate appropriate oral German language skills at the viva.
Module Content
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 German 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 German, 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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