Master of International Law and Politics - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Master of International Law and Politics (MIntLaw&Pols)*

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Degree of Master of International Law and Politics

* Not open to new enrolments in 2017.

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

1.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree

A candidate for the Degree of Master of International Law and politics must, before enrolling for the degree:

(a)
either
i.
qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts(Hons) or equivalent in Political Science and International Relations or in Diplomacy or International Relations; or
ii.
have an alternative degree or qualifications and experience acceptable to the Board of Studies of International Law and Politics; or
iii.
be admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to enrol for the Degree of Master of International Law and Politics; and
(b)
be approved as a candidate by the Dean of Arts and Dean of Law, or nominee.

Note: Relevance and standard of undergraduate and honours studies will be criteria for approval.

2.
Structure of the Degree

To qualify for the degree, a candidate must:

(a)
satisfactorily complete a written dissertation, and
(b)
be credited with four courses from the Schedule to this degree, and
(c)
ensure the combined weight of courses and dissertation be at least 1.0 EFTS.
3.
Dissertation
(a)
The dissertation shall count for 40% of the degree mark (course weighting equivalent to 0.40 EFTS).
(b)
The dissertation shall be written on an area of international law and politics approved by the Programme Coordinator or nominee and under the supervision of a faculty member in Political Science and International Relations.
(c)
A candidate must show proficiency in research into international law and politics and familiarity with the published work relevant to the subject-matter of the dissertation.
4.
Courses
(a)
A candidate must be credited with four courses, each counting for at least 15 percent of the degree mark (course weighting equivalent to 0.15 EFTS each).
(b)
At least one course, but no more than two courses, shall be from the courses listed in Schedule A.
(c)
The balance of courses shall be from the courses listed in Schedule B.
(d)
In the case of not more than one course listed in Schedule A, a candidate may substitute a course or courses from any other degree or diploma which course or courses in the opinion of the Board of Studies or nominee is appropriate to the candidate's course of study. For the purpose of calculating honours any course which is a substitute shall be considered as the same weight as the course for which it is a substitute.
(e)
One of the courses credited must be International Law (ILAP 601), unless the candidate has completed a 300-level LAWS course, or equivalent, on the principles of public international law. Students are strongly recommended to include either ILAP 663 or 651.
(f)
The programme of courses chosen by the candidate must be approved by the Programme Coordinator.

Note: Not all of these courses will necessarily be available in any one year and candidates should consult the School of Law, and School of Language, Social and Political Sciences about the courses to be taught in each year.

5.
Award of Honours

The degree may be awarded with Honours, which may be First Class or Second Class (Division 1 or 2).

6.
Full-time and Part-time Study
(a)
Full-time study:
i.
A candidate shall normally be enrolled as a full-time candidate.
ii.
The normal period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is one calendar year. Extensions may be approved by the Board of Studies. The period of enrolment for a full-time candidate shall be consecutive unless the candidate's enrolment is suspended under Regulation 6(d).
(b)
Part-time study:
i.
With the approval of the Academic Board, a candidate may be enrolled as a part-time candidate.
ii.
A part-time candidate is one who, because of employment, health, family or other reasons, is unable to devote himself or herself full-time to study and research.
iii.
The normal period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is two calendar years. Extensions may be approved by the Board of Studies. The period of enrolment for a part-time candidate shall be consecutive unless the candidate's enrolment is suspended under Regulation 6(d).
(c)
After the commencement of study and research for the degree a candidate may, with the permission of the Academic Board, transfer from part-time to full-time status, or vice versa. In granting such permission, the Board shall determine the minimum and maximum periods of study and may impose other conditions.
(d)
The dissertation will normally be submitted by March 15 (for students commencing study in Semester 1) or July 31 (for students commencing study in Semester 2) in the year following the commencement of study.
(e)
In special cases the Academic Board may suspend the enrolment of a candidate, and may extend the time for submission of a dissertation. In such a case the Board shall determine whether the candidate remains eligible for Honours.

Schedule to the Regulations for the Degree of Master of International Law and Politics

For full course information, go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Group A Courses offered by the School of Law

Note: Not all courses will be offered in any one year.

Course Code Course Title
ILAP 613 Advanced Principles of Public International Law
ILAP 614 Principles and Practice of International Relations and Diplomacy
ILAP 640 Dissertation

Group B Courses offered by the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences

Note: Not all of these ILAP courses will be available in any one year, or any one semester. Students should refer to the corresponding 300 or 400-level POLS course prescriptions for more information on specific courses, and contact the School for information on the current year's offerings.

Course Code Course Title
ILAP 603 International Humanitarian Law
ILAP 604 International Criminal Law
ILAP 608 World Trade Law
ILAP 609 International Human Rights Law
ILAP 611 Antarctic Legal Studies
ILAP 612 International Environmental Law
ILAP 626 International Institutions
ILAP 627 European Public Law
ILAP 628 Special Topic
ILAP 629 Special Topic
ILAP 630 Law of the Sea
ILAP 633 Problems in International and Regional Trade
ILAP 634 International Investment Law and Arbitration
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