General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Programme offered under:||LLB Programme [This course is only open to students on the UCL-HKU Dual Degree Programme]|
|Designated research course:||Not applicable|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||No|
|Course offered to non-law students:||No|
|Credit point value:||12 credits|
1.2 Course description
This course is about legal scholarship. Students will acquire the skills of effective legal writing and research, including: the selection of research topics and questions; planning and structuring research, developing an original thesis/argument, and engaging critically with legal scholarship. To these ends, students will produce a research dissertation, under the supervision of a faculty member and informed by their participation in a series of seminar sessions. Learning activities during the seminars will consist of discussing the goals and challenges of legal research and scholarship, presenting one’s own research topic/idea, and constructive engagement with others about their research. The expected word count of the dissertation is between 10,000 to 12,000 words.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor||Stefan Lofirstname.lastname@example.org||CCT 301A||By email|
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Produce a dissertation that conforms to University, Department, and course requirements in both subject and format.
CLO 2 Demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation of the elements of good legal research, including: posing good research questions, structuring and developing an original thesis/argument, and critical engagement with legal scholarship.
CLO 3 Work independently on a piece of substantive legal research.
2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/
2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|Classwork||N/A||10%||2, 3, 5||1, 2, 3|
|Dissertation||8 May 2023||90%||2, 3||1, 2, 3|
|*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)|
|1||A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle|
|2||Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle|
|3||Individual review meeting upon appointment|
|4||Group review meeting|
|5||In-class verbal feedback|
3.2 Assessment Detail
To be advised by course convenor(s).
3.3 Grading Criteria
Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
Learning Activity Plan
|Seminar:||4-5 meetings in semester 1|
|Private study time:||9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks in each of semester 1 and 2|
Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.
4.2 Details of Learning Activities
- Four interactive seminars
- Independent research
- One-on-one consultation with the supervisor and/or the course convener
|Reading materials:||The reading guide and selected reading materials will be posted on Moodle|
|Core reading list:||TBA|
|Recommended reading list:||TBA|
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/