SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLM Law, Development and Globalisation (2018 entry)

  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning

Overview

The LLM programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme, but have the option of pursuing a specialised LLM.

Each LLM student is required to successfully complete 120 credits of coursework and a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialisation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision. Year-long modules are worth 30 credits, while single-term modules are worth 15 credits. A student will thus complete between four and eight taught modules during his or her LLM programme.

Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary.

It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. A student who wishes to graduate with a specialised LLM is required to take at least 90 credits and write their dissertation, which will be worth 60 credits, within their chosen specialisation. The final 30 credits can be taken outside of the LLM specialism or, with the LLM tutor’s permission, outside of the School of Law.

Please note that in 2017-18 Dr. Gunnar Beck will convene the programme in Term 1, and Dr. Scott Newton in Terms 2 & 3.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three or for years (part-time, daytime only)
We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Convenors

Structure

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 credits which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialisation.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Dissertation

Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

Module Code Credits Term
LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Guided Option

Choose modules from the List A below to the value of 60 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List A or General Law PGT Options below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of General Law PGT Options below or from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A
Module Code Credits Term
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Multinational Enterprises and the Law 15PLAC140
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Comparative Constitutional Law 15PLAH046 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 1
Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements (Law) 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
General Law Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender, Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056, Not running 2021/22 15
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Human Rights Clinic 15PLAC145 30 Full Year
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 1
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
International Migration Law 15PLAH068 15 Term 2
International Refugee Law 15PLAH069 15 Term 1
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Mapping International Law in London - International Legal Geography in the Capital of Empire 15PLAH072 15
Law, Environment and Social Justice 15PLAH067 15 Term 1
Law and Justice in Contemporary China 15PLAH071 15
Climate Change Law and Policy 15PLAC154 15 Term 2
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Comparative Constitutional Law 15PLAH046 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 30 Full Year
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 15 Term 1
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunal 15PLAH026
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets 15PLAC159 30 Full Year
Israel, Palestine, and International Law (30Cr) 15PLAC133 30 Full Year
Multinational Enterprises and the Law 15PLAC140
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
World Trade Organisation Law 15PLAH038
Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements (Law) 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
Intellectual Property Law (PG) 15PLAC182 30 Full Year
Human Rights of Women 15PLAH065 15 Term 1
Law and Global Commons 15PLAH070 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law I: Principles, Institutions & Enforcement 15PLAH073 15 Term 1
International Environmental Law II: Biodiversity, Wildlife & Habitats 15PLAH074 15 Term 2
Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Law) 15PLAH076 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and the Law I 15PLAH077 15 Term 1
Multinational Enterprises and the Law II 15PLAH078 15 Term 2
Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy 15PLAH079 15 Term 1
Comparative Company Law 15PLAH080 15 Term 2
Israel, Palestine, and International Law (15Cr) 15PLAH081 15 Term 2
Palestine, Resistance, and the Law 15PLAH082 15 Term 2
Alternative Dispute Resolution I 15PLAH083 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution II 15PLAH084 15 Term 2
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 1
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Open Options Note

Open options will need approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA)

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Students will acquire specialist knowledge in the area of law, development and governance.
  • This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:
    1. the theoretical and practical underpinnings of law, development and governance;
    2. the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;
    3. the role played by law in different social and economic environments;
    4. the role and function of legal institutions;
    5. the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies.
  • Students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.

 Intellectual (thinking) Skills

  • Students should develop rigor in analysis and assessment of legal arguments.
  • Students should develop the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates.
  • Students should develop independence of thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom.
  • Students should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring to bear their own previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner. 

Subject-based Practical Skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

  • Write clear research essays and dissertations.
  • Research in a variety of specialised research libraries and institutes and online, and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
  • Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
  • Present legal arguments in moots and debates. 

Transferable Skills

The programme will enable students to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend significant quantities of reading rapidly and effectively and develop critical faculties.
  • Find and use a variety of written and digital materials, especially legal materials, in libraries and research institutes.
  • Present (non – assessed) material orally.
  • Develop teamwork skills.

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