The question of the coursework:
Politically exposed persons and how they use OFCs (Money Laundry)
OSCOLA format must be used for referencing only.
-Guidance on the content and structure of the research methods coursework
Summary of Dissertation Question (approx. 200 words)
[Every dissertation requires a clearly thought through research question. Without an appropriate focus, dissertations remain too general and the potential for analysis becomes more limited. In this section, you should set out and explain what your dissertation topic is and the central questions you seek to address.]
Literature Review (approx. 1100 words)
[There are several important elements to a successful dissertation project. Just as the first section encourages you to clearly identify the precise questions you wish to examine in your dissertation, it is important to maintain that focus by identifying the key academic literature that relates to those questions. In this section you should identify and summarise the major themes and arguments raised by the key literature in your chosen area. By doing this, you identify core information and analysis of issues relating to your topic. You may also improve your dissertation by clearly identifying what further analysis and clarification your chosen topic requires, i.e. given what the literature says, what more do we need to know?]
Discussion of choice of research methodology and methods (approx. 1300 words)
[Throughout the term, we discussed the role that the choice of research methodology (Doctrinal, socio –legal, comparative, feminist , Empirical) and research methods plays in shaping a research project – the assumptions and values that different methodologies carry, the questions to be asked, the sources that are preferred or privileged and the methods to be used. This is the largest section of the Research Methods coursework and reflects the central emphasis of the syllabus. In it, you should set out the methodology and methods to be adopted by your dissertation and engage in a critical evaluation and justification of those choices.]
Choose the appropriate methodology for your topic and explain why you have chosen and the methods in how can you conduct your research.
Reflective Diary (approx. 900 words)
[Completing a dissertation is a process that takes time to accomplish. As preparation for writing your dissertation, it is important to reflect on your initial engagement with this larger project through this coursework. Reflection requires you to identify your research process honestly – what went well and what did not? After identifying these experiences, a good reflective diary will discuss how those initial experiences, both positive and negative, can be built upon, and perhaps also discuss if you have already implemented improvements and changes. A reflective diary is a personal exercise that works best when approached with honesty and critical self-examination. There is no ‘correct’ reflective diary, only those that more openly and helpfully identify how you research and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Therefore, for example, a reflective diary that details your weaknesses as a researcher is a valid response. It will be improved by discussing ways in which your research process can be improved.
Total = 3500 words
When submitting the coursework, the document should contain the following:
a) A contents list specifying the page number for each sub-section of the coursework
b) Word count
c) Your bibliography and footnotes (not included in the word count)
d) Your coursework should be word-processed in 12 pt Times New Roman or Arial font and double spaced
e) Submit your coursework as a Word document (e.g. .doc or .docx). While it is possible to submit using a range of formats, some of your formatting, e.g. spacing, fonts or footnotes, may be lost or corrupted when the document is opened by the marker.
Footnotes can only be used for reference and should comply with the OSCOLA referencing system. Any narrative description in footnotes will be disregarded by the marker.
Your bibliography should be completed using the OSCOLA referencing system.
Some outlines relating to the topic to discuss:
– Regulations of OFCs
– How the politician is taking advantages from OFCS and how to reduce the exploitation of using OFCs by them.
– International conventions and domestic laws regarding OFCs
– What actions has been taken to reduce money laundry in ofcs
– Money laundry difficult to tackle, prosecuting people for money laundry is difficult (OFCs)
– What preventatives strategies has the UK done to tackle money laundry in OFCs
– Critically analyse the preventative strategy to tackle or reduce money laundry in OFCs
– Success of the preventative strategy in OFcs
– How to encourage compliance of OFCs with money laundry laws
– Support the argument with case law.