Law, Master Degree Project 15 Credits

Examensarbete rättsvetenskap, magister
Second cycle, J7003N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2013 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2013

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Law and Legal Studies

Entry requirements

General entry requirements, second cycle

Specific entry

Passing grade on Bachelor thesis (J0024N) or corresponding course.

More information about English language requirements

Course Aim
The course aims to provide students with a deepened ability to make qualified legal studies. After completing the course students should be able to:
·    Formulate and define a relevant problem based on a selected topic within the subject area of Jurisprudence.
·    Assimilate scientific studies and assess its relevance for their study
·    Process different methods and theories in the subject of legal science at an advanced level
·    Gather information relevant to the problem statement with a clear connection to the selected theory and method
·    Report the collected information in a relevant manner in writing  
·    Analyze and answer the formulated problem in a scientifically correct way based on the selected theory and method
·    Express themselves well in writing in a linguistically and scientifically sound manner
·    Communicate the results orally both in a scientific context and to individuals without specific knowledge of the subject
·    Defend their results
·    Critically examine other studies in a constructive and scientific manner

The thesis consists of an independently written essay dealing with issues within the field of jurisprudence using a scientific approach and with a critical attitude. The work shall involve a subject-related specialization in law/jurisprudence. Topic selection is based on Master's degree specialization. The work is presented in both in writing and orally. The course also includes critical examination and opposition on other theses.

The thesis is written individually with the help of tutoring. It is important that the subject is well defined and that it is appropriate for a legal analysis. The treatment of the subject must be such that the analysis and the method has a prominent place, while the descriptive elements are mainly used as a background, introduction, or similar. The course requires the student to freely and independently acquire the knowledge necessary to carry out the thesis. This includes e.g. search for relevant literature as well as an analysis of the sources of law. In addition to the thesis seminar, the course also includes methodological and work-seminars. The course is concluded with opposition and defense of the thesis.  The main role of the supervisor is to assist in the writing process.

The course is examined by the completion of the thesis and the thesis seminar, including opposition. Furthermore, the student must participate in two additional seminars, which are decided by the supervisor in consultation with the student. In the assessment of the thesis great importance is attached to the student's ability to structure and analyze the research problem, and the skills in terms of presenting the results in a clear and well thought out way.
In the written thesis, the student must demonstrate the ability to:
• Formulate and define a selected problem.
• Search, present and justify the choice of theoretical basis for the study with starting point in the selected research problem
• Select and justify the choice of method of study and demonstrate a clear understanding of how this affects the results of the study
• Present the results in writing in a relevant manner
• Properly analyze and answer the formulated problems based on selected theory and method
• Critically evaluate the scientific and practical relevance of the obtained results
• Express him/her well in writing in a linguistically and scientifically sound manner
 At the thesis seminar and opposition, the student must demonstrate the ability to:
• Orally communicate the results both in a scientific context and to individuals without specific knowledge of the subject
• Critically examine other studies in a constructive and scientific manner and to communicate the performed audit, both orally and in writing
• Defend their results
To pass the course, students must participate in the mandatory meetings and seminars, including the opposition seminars. Further, to pass the course the thesis must be completed within 12 calendar months after the course has ended and e-published in accordance with LTU-regulations. Students can only count on supervision for 6 calendar months after the course has been formally completed.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than five days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Transition terms
The course replace IER339, IER365

Maria Pettersson

Transition terms
The course J7003N is equal to IER365

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2013 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Claes Sandgren \"Rättsvetenskap för uppsatsförfattare\". Norstedts Juridik, latest edition.
Individually selected books and articles, which are decided in consultation with the supervisor.
Articles, court cases and other electronic material can be added and is then included in the course claim.
Other literature can be determined by examiner.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

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Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

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