Teaching and examinations
Teaching and learning methods
Students are expected to attend lectures, tutorials, debates and seminars.
Teaching is normally given as lectures which are held throughout the semester. The lectures are supplemented by a series of tutorials, debates and seminars that consist of student-led presentations and discussions. For the latter sessions, each student will typically be responsible for writing and presenting a short paper (circa 10 pages) that will serve to initiate debate. The students will be expected to write one such paper for each of the four courses. At least one faculty member will be present during each session to help steer discussions as well as evaluate the sessions.
In some courses, students will be given the opportunity to write a mock exam paper upon which they will be given advisory feedback.
Some classes are open to Bachelor-level students as well as master students. However, the level of instruction correspond to master's level.
In order to meet the learning objectives set up for the programme, students are expected to participate in class discussions and are encouraged to ask questions and share opinions. Part of the value of the programme experience is provided by the diversity of backgrounds and opinions of its participants.
According to the Norwegian academic tradition, each student is individually responsible for their own academic progression. Students may find that the number of lectures is less than what they are accustomed to, but they are nevertheless expected to learn an amount similar to other equivalent LL.M. degree programmes. This normally requires more self-study apart from classwork. It is the responsibility of students to learn; the teaching staff are simply an aid in that endeavour. Students are strongly recommended to organise study groups on their own.
In addition to ordinary class teaching, one or two field trips are arranged each semester in which the students visit organisations that are working in the field of ICT law.
Moreover, the students are able to attend ad hoc seminars and conferences which are not formally part of the LL.M. programme but which are arranged by the NRCCL and/or other institutions within the Law Faculty.
Supervision of the master's thesis is mandatory.
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Forms of examination and assessment
Students are assessed on the basis of a four-hour written examination or a written essay, or a combination of these. Students will be tested in their ability to present their knowledge on a specific topic.
In order to evaluate their ability to work independently, students shall write a master's thesis. Students will be tested in how to find and analyze relevant material and make a systematic presentation of legal arguments.
Language of examination
In the courses comprising the programme, the exam question papers are given in English, and the answer papers are normally supposed to be delivered in English. The course descriptions provide more information about requirements concerning the language of examination
The master's thesis should be written in English.
The courses comprising the programme use the grading scale with five steps from A to E for pass and F for fail.
Auxiliary material allowed during the exams
Students are allowed to bring with them material to the examination as shown in the list of auxiliary material
Special rules regarding the exams
Rules governing the accomplishment and administration of the exams, examination questions papers and grading, and the arrangement of the exams are available here, from chapter 2.