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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM686: Approaches to Research in Law (ESRC)

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

• Introduction and empirical approaches to law
• Comparative approaches to law
• Historical approaches to law
• Theoretical approaches to law
• Planning research

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities155 x 3-hour workshops
Guided independent study80Locating and reading materials
Guided Independent Study20Preparing synthetic notes and short oral presentations for the specific task set in each workshop
Guided independent study35Assessment preparation: conducting research, producing formative work and writing up the summative work

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).