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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5992M Dissertation Security, Conflict and Justice

60 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Conor O'Reilly

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

LAW5991M Dissertation Security and Justice

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able:
- to investigate and describe the chosen topic and to enable the development of critical analysis skills in reference to a topic on security, conflict and justice;
- to enable students to develop their research and writing skills;
- to enable students to approach a given topic and research and analyse their chosen topic through an inter-disciplinary framework.

Learning outcomes
Students will:
- demonstrate in-depth and critical understanding of an area in security, conflict and justice;
- demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a research project;
- apply themselves to conducting independent research.

Skills outcomes:
- the capacity and willingness to undertake wider reading across academic boundaries;
- organisation and planning;
- independent study;
- writing development and research analysis.

Skills outcomes
The capacity and willingness to undertake wider reading across academic boundaries.
Organisation and planning
Independent study
Writing development and research analysis


The dissertation should not exceed 12,000 words on a topic approved by the MSc Security, Conflict and Justice course convener at a date to be confirmed.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours598.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours2.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Students will be expected to research their chosen topic in accordance to the guidance from their supervisor. Students will be expected to implement their research strategy (whether this be fieldwork or library-based) and to plan their research and writing time.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The dissertation will be supervised by contact with the student through regular meetings agreed between the supervisor and student.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation12,000 word dissertation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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