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International Trade Law

Course overview

(Postgraduate Diploma) Postgraduate Diploma
International Trade Law
University of Essex
University of Essex
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate Diploma
DIP M10209

External Examiners

Dr Ebenezer Adodo
The University of Leicester
Associate Professor of Commercial Law

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 LW601-7-AP International Trade Finance Law Compulsory 30
02 LW603-7-AU International Sale of Goods Compulsory 15
03 ITL option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Law option(s) from list Optional 30
05 LW604-7-SP Carriage of Goods By Sea Compulsory 15

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Provide students with an advanced conceptual understanding of the methods, techniques and legal principles regarding international trade law that is informed by insight based on scholarship at the forefront of the discipline.

Set international trade law in its business and global contexts.

Develop critical, analytical and research skills, and transferable skills.

Enable students to understand the application of EU law in solving concrete legal problems.

Produce graduates capable of working in the field of international trade law as lawyers, operational officers, legal advisers or researchers with governments and international and business organizations, and as academics.

Produce graduates who can conduct independent research and construct coherent, well written papers.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 The fundamental doctrines and principles of business law as they pertain to the international trade of goods and services.
A2 Demonstrate and exercise independence of thought.
A3 The methods and techniques of implementing international trade law
A4 How international trade law is applied in various judicial and practical situations.
A5 Some areas of international trade law in some depth.
Learning Methods: A1-A5 are acquired through large group interactive classes, which encourage dialogue between the students and teacher and between the students, and through seminars which allow for dynamic interaction based on directed, pre-set reading.

Students are expected undertake independent research for courses and, in particular, the course essays and dissertation.

A5 is in particular acquired through independent research for the dissertation.
Assessment Methods: Testing the knowledge-base for A1 - A5 is through course essays and the dissertation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Identify accurately the issue(s) which require researching.
B2 Apply relevant primary and secondary legal sources.
B3 Reason critically, identify, analyse, and solve complex problems, even in the absence of complete data.
B4 Recognise, rank and collate items and issues in terms of relevance and importance.
B5 Produce a comprehensive, coherent and sophisticated synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic.
B6 Critically evaluate the merits of particular arguments and advanced scholarship in the field.
B7 Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or methodologies and, where necessary, propose new hypotheses.
B8 Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate the conclusions clearly.
B9 Demonstrate and exercise originality of thought in the application of knowledge.
Learning Methods: Skills B1-B9 are obtained and developed through seminars and large group interactive classes where there is an emphasis on group discussion and analysis of case material and problems (hypothetical and actual).

All skills are complemented by the course essays and the dissertation.
Assessment Methods: Skills B1 - B8 will be assessed through course essays and the dissertation.

B9 will be assessed by the dissertation.

C: Practical skills

C1 Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.
C2 Identify, select and retrieve non-legal information pertinent to issues of international trade law, using both paper and electronic sources.
C3 Use and apply legal terminology and legal concepts, not only in legal settings, but to applied problems, actual or hypothetical.
C4 Plan and undertake tasks in and beyond complex areas of law that have already been studied; and plan and autonomously undertake independent research in areas of law not previously studied.
Learning Methods: Skills C1 and C2 are developed through preparation for case studies and the large group interactive classes, and through research for the course essays and dissertation.

Skills C3 and C4 are developed through seminars by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion.

Skill C4 is particularly developed through the course essays and dissertation.

In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet, LEXIS and WESTLAW when researching their assessed work in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format.
Assessment Methods: Skills C1 - C4 are assessed through the course essays and the dissertation.

D: Key skills

D1 A student should be able to: (D1A) Work with the English language proficiently in relation to matters of international trade law; (D1B) Present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and relevant manner; (D1C) Analyse materials pertaining to international trade law that are complex and technical
D2 A student should be able to: (D2A) Produce a word-processed essay and other text in an appropriate form; (D2B) Use the worldwide web, e-mail, and also some electronic information retrieval systems.
D3 A student should be able to: (D3) Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.
D4 A student should be able to: (D4A) Analyse a complex set of facts, where necessary in unpredictable situations, and apply relevant international trade law thereto. (D4B) From first principles, devise from existing international trade law a means by which to facilitate trade in a sphere where there has been none previously
D6 A student should be able: (D6A) To reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback. (D6B) To appreciate when s/he does not know enough and needs to undertake further research.
Learning Methods: Skills D1-D6 are acquired through seminars and case studies where students debate legal issues and problems, course essays and the dissertation.

Skills D1 - D4 and D6 will be learnt through writing course essays and through the consequent feedback, and the dissertation.
Assessment Methods: Skills D1 - D4 and D6 are assessed through course essays and the dissertation.


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