Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 2 Hours. 11 x 2 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written assignment  written assignment (1) to consider the range of media and sources which may be relevant to the student?s field of research, and the justification and value of their use in such research. 2000 words  40%
Semester Assessment Written Assignment  Written assignment (2) : to demonstrate how a chosen source material or type of media may be read and exploited for purposes of the student?s own research or proposed research. 2000 words  40%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation relating to 2 above  20 minutes  20%
Supplementary Assessment Re-presentation of the above 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. identify and understand the potential value of conventional and less conventional written and other media for purposes of aiding research, the development of theory, and the construction of research argument;
2. think critically about the location and selection of a range of sources and media in libraries, archives, databases and other sites;
3. employ a rigorous interpretation and application of such material for purposes of research and research writing;
4. incorporate this approach as a research methodology in relation to their own research projects.

Brief description

The module will examine a range of texts and media and consider the way in which such material may be exploited for purposes of carrying out research and constructing academic argument in the field of law. The range of media to be investigated will include conventional legal source material at one end of the spectrum, historical documentation and archival material, various literary sources (historical and contemporary), through to visual media and dramatic media (whether live or recorded) as less conventional sources at the other end of the spectrum. The discussion will focus on the ways of `reading? and interpreting such sources and critically consider the limitations and potential of such interpretative activity for purposes of illuminating the subject-matter of legal research and constructing theoretical argument


1. The theory and purpose of textual and media interpretation in the context of research activity and the objectives of using such interpretation in the field of legal research. Critical appreciation of the role of the reader.

2. The concepts of `text? and `media? and an examination of the ways in which such sources (a) record information and (b) provide a site for discourse and the transmission of ideas.

3. Conventional legal materials : forms, content, style, and methods of reading and interpretation.

4. Historical and archival sources relevant to legal research : problems of location, reliability and interpretation of such material.

5. Reportage and discussion of events through `news? media and the use of such material for purposes of legal research.

6. Literary sources, as contained in particular in main literary formats (fiction, poetry, drama) and how such sources may be exploited in legal research : the `law and literature? approach.

7. Visual sources : visual artwork and other forms of illustration as source and the problems of interpreting such material for purposes of legal research.

8. Dramatic sources : theatre, film and music as a source of information and discourse.


This module is at CQFW Level 7