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Module SXL-2901:
International Year Abroad Law

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Prof Dermot Cahill

Overall aims and purpose

The Year Abroad module provides an opportunity for students to extend their understanding of their degree subject area by a period of study abroad at a Host Institution.

The module will also raise students' awareness of cross-cultural and transnational issues as they apply both within and outside their degree subject. It is expected that the module, as part of their degree course, will enhance students' experience and future employability.

Course content

Each student will spend an extended period studying at a Host Institution overseas. During the module students will pursue studies relevant to law. They will also learn about the country in which they are based, with particular emphasis on understanding and applying subject-specific knowledge in a different legal and cultural setting. The content of the module will be designed for each student in discussion with the Host Institution and will include elements of directed learning and/or supervision.

Assessment Criteria


Criteria and thresholds for assessments undertaken while at the Host Institution will be determined by the Host Institution. In case the student does not pass the required number of credits while abroad, the following assessment criteria will be applicable to the essays submitted to make up for the shortfall:

Threshold: There are weaknesses in the way that the essay is structured, resulting in repetition and/or lack of clarity. It contains descriptive text relating to the knowledge acquired by the student but with evidence that the descriptions have not been fully developed. Knowledge directly related to the student’s degree subject is described but with little emphasis on any other knowledge acquired. There is little analysis of the cultural influences on the interpretation and application of subject-specific knowledge and there is no evidence of critical evaluation.

Learning outcomes

  1. Have acquired subject specific knowledge that will contribute to their general understanding of law that can be applied to their studies in subsequent modules at Level 6.

  2. Appreciate and understand how the legal framework in different countries is influenced by multi-cultural and transnational issues.

  3. Be able to evaluate their learning experience abroad and apply it to their future careers.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy


The teaching strategy will be determined by the Host Institution. It may comprise Lectures and/or tutorials or other teaching strategies as deemed appropriate by the Host Institution. It is expected that teaching will be delivered at the equivalent of 10 hrs per week over 25 weeks. The actual times will vary depending on the nature of the exchange and specific details will be included in the agreement with the Host Institution.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Develop the ability to analyse complex legal issues, set against the background of the political, social, economic or cultural contexts in which they may arise
  • Develop those skills which are necessary for scholarship and research in legal subjects, namely the ability to identify relevant primary and secondary legal sources and to retrieve accurate legal information using paper and electronic sources

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