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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM095: Human Rights and International Business Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar Essay: This essay will allow students to demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the social context of business and human rights and the legal challenges that this poses. It will also help with independent thinking and how to manage learning resources.2,000 words1-6 and 8-9Oral and written feedback
Group Case study: Similar to above and in addition, there are possibilities for group work that will enhance skills of teamwork.2,500 words1-6 and 7

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay403,750 words1-6 and 8-9Written feedback
Independent Research605,000 word Report on a topic agreed with the lecturer1-6 and 8-9Written feedback


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay (3,750 words)1-6 and 8-9August/September Re-assessment Period
Independent ResearchIndependent Research Report (5,000 words)1-6 and 8-9August/September Re-assessment Period