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Proposers of new programmes should complete the specification template below and include it
with their in-detail proposal paperwork. Sections in italics are for reference only – please remove
once completed.

*v: Proposers of variant programmes (Faculty of Postgraduate Studies only) should submit a
copy of the existing Programme Specification Template, amended with draft revisions to the
following sections: 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

*p: Proposers of new pathways for existing programmes (Faculty of Postgraduate Studies only)
should submit a copy of the existing programme specification template, amended with draft
revisions to sections 4, 5, 7 and 10.

1    Awarding Institution:             University of Exeter
2    School(s)/Teaching Institutions   University of Exeter (Exeter and Cornwall Campuses)
3    Programme accredited/validated    Law Society, Bar Council
     by:
4    Final Award(s):                   LLB.with International Study
5    Programme Title:                  LLB with International Study
6    UCAS Code (if relevant):
7    FHEQ level                        H
8    QAA Subject Benchmarking          Law
     Group:
9    Date of Production/Revision:      Autumn 2007


10   Programme Structures and Requirements, Levels, Modules, Credits and Awards
The programme is studied over four years and is University-based throughout that time. Study is undertaken at four
levels, one for each year of study. The programme is arranged into two semesters at Exeter. The Exeter programme
is divided into units of study called modules. Modules have a credit rating of 30 credits or 15 credits, and take place
over two semesters (or one semester for 15 credit modules). A distinctive feature of the Exeter based programme is
the three-tier approach of interactive lectures, student consultations and workshops which emphasise both legal
knowledge and understanding as well as the acquisition of legal and interpersonal skills.

The year abroad is taken in Stage 3 and is spent at a university with which the University of Exeter has partnership
links. These are the Universities of Connecticut, USA, Carleton, Canada and Wollongong, Australia. Modules are
chosen from a list of prescribed modules offered by the host institution as agreed between the host institution and the
School of law, which in total amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS credits).

During this year, students will not normally be able to take more than one 30 credit equivalent comparative foundation
module, not more than 30 credits of non-law modules and not more than 30 credits of level one modules at the host
institution in their third year.

Due to the qualifying nature of the Exeter LLB with International Study degree, no modules are condonable.

Stage 1 units of study                              (credit)

LAW1012           Introduction to Law                   30
LAW1003            Criminal Law                         30
LAW1004           Law of Contract                       30
LAW1035           Constitutional & Admin. Law           30


Stage 2

LAW2017           Land Law                              30
LAW2034           European Union Law                    30
LAW2015           Law of Torts                          30

                  30 credits of optional modules       30

Stage 3*

LAW3000B      Law with International Study Year Abroad Module 120

Stage 4

LAW3041           Trusts                               30

LAW3047A          Comparative Law Dissertation         30

                  60 credits of optional modules       60

                  Total                                480



*Stage 3
The subject options for the year abroad at each partner institution are attached.
The performance of the student in the year abroad counts towards the classification of the Exeter degree. For
students entering Exeter from 2007-8 onwards, the university examination conventions for 4 year (study abroad stage
3) will apply. For the purpose of attributing an Exeter mark to the year abroad, conversion tables approved by the
external examiners are used to translate the marks obtained abroad by the students to Exeter marks. Where
appropriate, each module is weighted in accordance with its ECTS credit rating or otherwise as a proportion of the host
institution’s credit requirements for the year as a whole. For students entering Exeter prior to 2007-8, a single mark is
calculated for the year abroad based on the examination performance of the students in their host institutions. That
Exeter mark for the overall performance in the year abroad is regarded as representing one 30 credit module for the
purpose of arriving at the degree classification. The degree is classified in the same way as the LLB (assessment
conventions available at http://www.admin.ex.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/ugexams2.htm ), but the mark for the year abroad
if higher may be substituted for the mark of any one module in the final examination. Nevertheless, for the degree of
LLB with International Study to be awarded, the mark calculated for the year abroad must be of at least a pass
standard (40%).




11   Educational aims of the programme
This programme is intended to:

    To provide students with a thorough knowledge of the foundation subjects of English and EU law which meets the
     requirements set by the Law Society and the Bar for the academic stage of legal training.
    To enable students to extend their legal knowledge and understanding beyond the foundation subjects of English
     law by providing them with a basic knowledge and understanding of selected elements of the law of another
     English speaking country.
    To enable students to identify, locate and critically appraise English legal materials and those of another nation’s
     legal system.
    To develop students’ ability to undertake independent research and to apply comparatively the principles of law
     and legal rules in different common law jurisdictions.
    To encourage students to reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
    To provide the students with the educational and cultural experience of studying in a university abroad.
    To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent,
     autonomous and reflective individuals and generally as developing professionals.


12 & 13     Programme Outcomes & teaching, learning and assessment methods

On successfully completing the programme, a
graduate should be able to demonstrate:

A                                                                 Teaching/learning methods and strategies

 Subject knowledge and skills: ability to                         Subject knowledge and skills are acquired through
                                                                  lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; library
                                                                  tuition; essays; prepared problem-based lectures;
1.   Demonstrate a thorough basic knowledge and                   group project; legal skills workshops, reflective
     understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and             learning, work experience, presentations.
     practical features of the English legal system, its
     institutions and procedures (see § 11.1 above).              Students will be asked to attend workshops and
2.   Demonstrate a basic knowledge of selected                    lectures on comparative law methodologies in
     elements of a foreign legal system, its institutions         preparation for the year abroad and must submit a
     and procedures.                                              detailed plan of their dissertation by the end of their
3.   Demonstrate a thorough basic knowledge of the                year abroad.
     theory, principles and conceptual framework of the
     seven foundation subjects of English and EU Law,             Assessment
     see § 11.1 above).
4.   Follow and understand current developments in                Subject knowledge and skills (1 – 6) are assessed
     English law in the subjects of study and to have             through seen or unseen examinations; open/closed
     some appreciation of the current developments in the         book examinations; assessed essays; dissertation (on
     foreign law they have studied (see § 11.1-11.3               an aspect of law relating to the jurisdiction in which
     above).                                                      the student has spent their year abroad); assessed
5.   Research a legal question (see § 11.3 above).                group projects; assessment of legal skills, oral
6.   Understand some of the relevant social, economic,            examinations.
     political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural
     contexts within which the law operates in each of the
     jurisdictions studied (see §11.1-11.3 above)

[This reflects and builds on QAA Law Benchmark No 1]




B                                                                 Teaching/learning methods and strategies

Core academic skills: ability to                                  Workshops; essays; lectures; prepared problem-
                                                                  solving and substantive lectures; group project, legal
1.   Identify, locate, retrieve and evaluate English and          skills programme.
     selected foreign legal and other information in paper,
     electronic and on-line form.                              Assessment
2.   Use theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical
     advice and imaginative solutions to particular            Group project (1,3,4,5); coursework (1,2,3,4,5); legal
     problems.                                                 skills workshops (1,2,3,4,5). Oral presentations
3.   Synthesise information from a number of primary and       required students to put across their arguments
     secondary legal and other sources; to appreciate          clearly and concisely (1,2,3,4,5).     Examinations
     their relative value; and to separate the relevant from   (1,2,3,4,5) often contain a large element aimed at
     the peripheral.                                           testing ability to separate the relevant from the
4.   Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular     irrelevant.
     arguments and make a reasoned choice between
     alternative solutions or arguments.
5.   Explain and convey technical legal information at
     various levels appropriate to the person who needs
     to know it.

(See 11 above).

[This reflects and builds on QAA Law Benchmarks, Nos
1-3]




C                                                              Teaching/learning methods and strategies

Personal and key skills: ability to                            Key skills are an integral part of the degree
                                                               programme. Particular aspects of the programme
1.  Manage time effectively, plan activity and prioritise      focus on personal and key skills development.
    tasks by working to strict deadlines.                      Workshops encourage students to work
2. Work in a group.                                            independently and in groups with the aim of
3. Work independently.                                         presenting and criticising materials in interesting and
4. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments in both            varied forms (skills 1- 9), An innovative feature of the
    oral and written form.                                     course is the Introduction to Law [Law 1012] group
5. Evaluate and assess his or her abilities, and where         work project, which provides student groups with the
    necessary to seek advice and feedback.                     experience of applying their legal knowledge as a
6. To use some electronic information management               group to practical legal issues in the community. It
    tools, such as word processing, email, the WWW and         therefore particularly encourages them in skills
    some other electronic information retrieval systems.       1,2,4,5,6,8,9. 10);essays (skills 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10);
7. Solve practical problems.                                   lectures (1,3,4,7,8,10); prepared problem-solving and
8. Make critical judgements and choose between                 substantive lectures( 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10); legal skills
    alternative solutions and arguments.                       workshops (skills 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10), Personal
9. Reflect on their own learning and make use of               Development Planning and Personal Tutor meetings
    feedback.                                                  focus upon a students development of all key skills
10. To reflect comparatively on legal learning in two          and their ability to reflect upon this and in particular
    jurisdictions.                                             skill 9.

(see generally §§ 11.4 - 11.5 above).
                                                               Assessment
[This reflects and builds on QAA Law Benchmarks, Nos
4-7]
                                                               Examinations (skills 1,3,4,5,7,8,9); Assessed Essays
                                                               (skills 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10); Group project
                                                               (1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10; Oral presentations
                                                               (1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)



The programme broadly conforms with the QAA
Benchmark Statement for Law, as outlined in individual
sections above.




14    Support for students and students’ learning
General:

At Exeter, the University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St
Luke’s campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Schools. The total Library collection
comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions. Information Technology (IT) Services
provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of
which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses,
while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University’s campus network.

On the Cornwall campus, the Learning Resource Centre contains a library of 70,000 volumes and some
specialist collections. IT Services provide a range of central services, including open and training clusters
of PCs (available on a 24/7 basis) within the Centre, while some Schools have additional dedicated
facilities. Network access is available from all rooms in the hall of residence on site.

Following University policy, the School has in place a system of academic and personal tutors for each student. A
University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual.

Additionally, the following units at Exeter between them provide a wide range of student support services:

- Student Counselling Service                 - Student Health Centre
- Study Skills Service                        - Family Centre (Streatham campus)
- Student Advice Centre (Guild of Students)   - Chaplaincy
- International Office                        - Foreign Language Centres
- International Student Exchange and Support Office
- Disability Resource Centre                  - INTO

The University Careers Advisory service provides expert advice to all students to enable them to plan their futures,
through guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and
CV preparation.

The Law School has a Careers Advisor. The University Careers Advisory Service also provides expert advice to all
students to enable them to plan their futures, through guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer
presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation. It also organises a Law Fair which is held at
the beginning of each year and attracts many large London and regional law firms. For more information see:
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/employability/

On the Cornwall campus, student services are provided by the Combined Services for the University and
for University College Falmouth (with which the University shares the campus).

All Schools are required to possess Student/Staff Liaison Committees, which allow students to contribute directly to the
enhancement of educational and other provision at discipline level.
Specific to the programme:

    Law Induction course (2 days)

    Library exercises for new First Year students

    Student Guide to Legal Writing

    Student handbook and module guides

    Brochures and Prospectuses of partner Universities

    An annual Law Careers Fair

    Access to teaching staff – times when staff are available posted on every office door

    Student representation at staff meetings

    School of Law Undergraduate Handbook – for information on programmes, the structure of the School, general
     information, contact numbers. Module descriptions, given out at the beginning of the study of individual modules.
     Further information is available on the web: http://www.law.ex.ac.uk/handbooks/documents/uginfo.shtml

    Personal Development Planning through the Personal Tutor system and specific modules. See
     http://www.law.ex.ac.uk/handbooks/PDP.shtml

    Dedicated Law Library which occupies two floors and houses 40,000 books and the University European
     Documentation Centre. It contains all of the main English law reports, 3 series of statutes and SI’s available both
     as text and on-line. Students can also access databases including LEXIS, CD-Rom etc. There are a variety of
     journal collections. The library also includes a large student study area. See http://www.ex.ac.uk/library/law/

    For more information or access to a specialist Law Library within the main Cornwall campus library, containing law
     reports and statutes, monographs, textbooks and periodicals, as well as access to online journals and databases.
     Non-reference books from the Exeter Law Library will also be available via the inter-campus loan facility.

    A School Students Study Abroad Officer to administer and co-ordinate the exchange programmes, to advise and
     prepare the students for their year abroad, and to support the students during that year abroad. Close contacts
     are maintained with the academic staff of the Law Faculties of the partner Universities to ensure the suitable
     provision of teaching and learning in the host institutions and to deal with any matters arising therefrom. This
     contact includes the exchange of academic staff from time to time. On these exchanges, the opportunity is taken
     to meet and talk to the Exeter students on their year abroad, and discuss and resolve any problems that may be
     raised.


15    Admission Criteria

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the university and of the School of Law. University
entrance requirements for undergraduate degree programmes are found in the University of Exeter Undergraduate
Prospectus. The entrance requirements for the LL.B with International Study are as follows:

Entry onto LLB for Ist Year of Study:

Please see the entry requirements for the LLB degree at Streatham and Cornwall Campuses
(http://www.law.ex.ac.uk/degrees/progspecs.shtml).

Entry onto LLB with International Study (years 2-4):

Candidates must apply to be transferred onto this programme, application to the programme is not handled
through UCAS (but a wish to be considered for a transfer may be mentioned on the UCAS form).

All applicants who have achieved at least a 2:1 average in their first year subjects will be invited to apply to
be transferred onto the programme in their second year. Admission will be based on academic
achievement and performance at interview. Students will then be briefed accordingly by the Programme
Co-ordinator and Study Abroad Officer.


16    Regulation of assessment and academic standards
General:

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed School assessment marking strategy,
underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures. The security of assessment and academic standards is
further supported through the external examiners appointed for each programme. Their responsibilities are described
in the University's code for external examiners and include access to draft papers, course work and examination
scripts. Attendance at the Board of Examiners and the provision of an annual report are both required. Clear
procedures are also in place for the monitoring of these annual reports at both School and University level. See the
University's TQA Manual for details of these processes.

Programme specific:

Assessment Rules and Honours classification:
The assessments of the modules taken in the year abroad (Level 3) are made by the host institution in accordance
with its own assessment rules and procedures. All host institutions have been approved as partners at University level.



17    Indicators of quality and standards

General:

The University and its constituent Schools drawn on a range of date in their regular review of the quality of provision.
The annual produced Performance Indicator Dataset details admission, progression, completion and first career
destination data, including comparisons over a five-year timespan.

Programme specific:

Progression statistics are included in routine internal monitoring and review processes (see 18 below)

Qualifying programmes are accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council.

The School was subject to HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessment in 1994, when the provision was graded as
satisfactory under the original HEFCE grading scheme




18    Methods for evaluating and improving quality and standards
General:

The University has procedures in place for the regular review of its educational provision, including the
annual review of both modules and programmes which draw on feedback from such sources as external
examiners' reports, student evaluation, student achievement and progression data. In addition, subject
areas are reviewed every three years through a subject and programme quality review scheme that
includes external input. These procedures are recorded in codes of practice contained in the TQA Manual.

Certain programmes are also subject to review and/or accreditation by professional and statutory bodies,
while nearly all subject areas are reviewed from time to time by the national Quality Assurance Agency for
HE; see the QAA web site for review reports on subjects at Exeter.

Programme specific:

   Module reviews
   Student questionnaires Chair Teaching Development C’ee  Head of School
   Annual Review by course co-ordinator  School Teaching Development C’ee
   Periodic Subject Review
   Module Accreditation
   Probation for new staff  University Staffing Committee
   SDU course for new staff
   Staff appraisal
   Peer teaching observation
   External examiners’ reports  Vice Chancellor Head of School
   HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessment, now QAA Subject Review
   Termly meetings of Teaching Development Committee, reporting to School Meeting
   Student questionnaires concerning the year abroad Students Abroad Office  School’s Students Abroad
    Officer.

Committees with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating quality and standards:

   School Learning and Teaching Development Committee, meets termly, reports to School Meeting
   Student Staff Liaison Committee
   Faculty of Undergraduate Studies
   Boards of Examiners

Mechanisms for gaining student feedback on quality of teaching and their learning experience:

   Module questionnaires  Chair of School Learning and Teaching Development Committee  Head of School
   Student questionnaires concerning the year abroad Students Abroad Office  School’s Students Abroad
    Officer
   During year abroad, maintenance of contact through email and letter by the Schools Students Abroad Officer
   Student Staff Liaison Committee
   Student representation at School Meetings
   Personal Tutor meetings
   Consultation times by lecturers


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