Programme: MLAW AND LL.B(HONS)
Module Code: LA597/910
Submission Time and Date: To be submitted by 12 noon on Tuesday 5th January 2016
Word Limit: 3,500 WORDS
Weighting This coursework accounts for 100% of the total mark for this module
Submission of Assessment It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignment arrives before the submission deadline stated above. See the University policy on late submission of work (the relevant extract is set out below).

Please note that ALL assignments are subject to anonymous marking. Your name should only appear in the name box on the assignment submission cover sheet.


Instructions on Assessment:



Late submission of work


Where coursework is submitted without approval, after the published hand-in deadline, the following penalties will apply.


For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e.100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark.


For clarity: a late piece of work that would have scored 65%, 55% or 45% had it been handed in on time will be awarded 55%, 45% or 35% respectively as 10% of the total available marks will have been deducted.


The Penalty does not apply to Pass/Fail Modules, i.e. there will be no penalty for late submission if assessments on Pass/Fail are submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline.


Coursework submitted more than 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval will be regarded as not having been completed. A mark of zero will be awarded for the assessment and the module will be failed, irrespective of the overall module mark.


For clarity: if the original hand-in time on working day A is 12noon the 24 hour late submission allowance will end at 12noon on working day B.


These provisions apply to all assessments, including those assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.



Word limits and penalties


The word limit for this assessment is stated above. To ensure fairness to all students this word limit is binding and absolute. If you exceed the word limit you will receive a reduced mark which could result in you failing the coursework.


If your assessed coursework exceeds the word limit your mark will be reduced as follows:


  • Exceeding the specified word limit(s) by up to and including 5% of the word limit will result in a 5% penalty, meaning that 5% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted.


  • Exceeding the specified word limit(s) by over 5% will receive an automatic fail of 0%.


Please note that the effect of this reduction may mean that you drop a Class (e.g. from a 1st to a 2.1) or that you fail a piece of work. For example: if the assignment is given 70 marks but exceeds the word limit by up to 5%, a penalty of 3.5 marks will be imposed giving a final mark of 66.5. You are therefore warned against exceeding the word limit at all.


The word limit includes the following: Text, Sub titles and sub-headings and in text citations e.g. (Smith, 2011).  It does NOT include the bibliography or footnotes.


The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment cover sheet. If this word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARNA page 48 Section 3.4 this will be regarded as academic misconduct.


Plagiarism and collusion


You are reminded that plagiarism, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct referred to in appendix 1 of the assessment regulations are taken very seriously by the Law School. Assignments in which evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct is found may receive a mark of zero.


Choose one of the following TED talks:


  • Michael Kimmell, Why gender equality is good for everyone – men included

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  • David Rothkopf, How fear drives American politics

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  • Yasmin Abdel-Magied, What does my headscarf mean to you?

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  • Kimberley Motley, How I defend the rule of law

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  • Glen Greenwald, Why privacy matters

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  • Thomas Piketty, New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century

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  • Tim Berners-Lee, A Magna Carta for the web

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  • Will Potter, The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest

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  • Yoruba Richen, What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement

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  • Lawrence Lessig, We the People and the Republic we must reclaim

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Or you may prefer to choose a talk of your own from the many available via TED website: http://www.ted.com/


Apply your approved topic* to the ideas and arguments raised in your chosen TED talk. Being as specific as possible, what connections, influences, contradictions or insights emerge?


NB You may provide some discussion of your chosen TED Talk and briefly refer to its contents to illustrate your points, though the focus of your essay must be jurisprudential.


*Approved topic means the jurisprudential topic you have chosen from the approved list.





The university regulations apply to non-submission of coursework, to extensions of time for submission and to the maximum mark of a bare pass on a resubmission.


Notes of guidance for students:


  1. You MUST specify your approved jurisprudential topic and case at the start of your essay.


  1. This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your general understanding of your approved jurisprudential topic and to show that you are able to apply it to current issues in understanding the nature of law.       The focus of the essay should thus be your approved topic.


  1. You will need to demonstrate knowledge of important and original sources in your approved jurisprudential topic. Make sure that everything is fully referenced with proper citations.       See the link to OSCOLA in the links section of the eLP site.


  1. References to other jurisprudential or legal examples should be from the point of view of your approved jurisprudential topic. If other disciplines are relevant, such as sociology, psychology, economics, etc, indicate principles without full treatment, although cite references where possible. You must concentrate on the jurisprudence.


  1. Work hard at your style. Note in particular from your reading the way different writers present ideas in jurisprudence, e.g. in journal articles.       Seek clarity of expression.


  1. Your attention is drawn to the regulations governing plagiarism set out in the programme handbook. It is your responsibility to ensure that any material you incorporate from your research is properly referenced. Useful links are included in the ‘links’ section of the jurisprudence eLP site.


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