Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 22 Hours. Seminar. 11x2 hour seminar and workshop sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written evaluation of academic writing (2000 words) Writing exercises: abstract/handout/web page Writing exercises : abstract/hand-out/web page   Written assignment or assignments up to a maximum of 3000 words 
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of any element of failed written work 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the criteria for the awarding of a higher-level degree

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the process of applying such criteria to the development of a personal research program

Critically understand and evaluative the qualitative dimensions of a research project and in particular the criterion of originality

Critically engage with various modes of argumentation in the context of legal and criminological research work

Locate and evaluate relevant legal and criminological research sources and demonstrate an understanding of their application, deployment and organisation within the context of a research project

Present a critical and well-informed understanding of the methods and techniques involved in the effective development of an original research project in the field of Law and Criminology

Brief description

This module will provide training in the planning, organisation and design of research activity in the legal, socio-legal and cognate interdisciplinary fields; in appreciating the concept and objectives of a research thesis; and in appreciating the range and forms of relevant literature and other material and sources and their use in constructing research argument.


Introduction to the module, types of research activities, criteria for higher degrees, the concept of the thesis
Planning and designing of research projects
Organisation and management of time
Written and oral dissemination, different styles and formats
Methods of argumentation
Issues of originality and the use of sources for the purposes of academic argument, including in the context of different formats and styles
Categories of literature and research material in the legal, socio-legal and cognate interdisciplinary fields
Designing and writing bibliographies, methods of source citation
Reflection on module and feedback on assessment


This module is at CQFW Level 7