Module Information

Module Identifier
LAM3020
Module Title
Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Law and Criminology
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Ms Emma R McClean (Senior Lecturer - Westminster University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment   WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OR ASSIGNMENTS UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 3,000 WORDS  80%
Semester Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION  20%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 3,000 WORDS TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED  80%
Supplementary Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION OR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the epistemic underpinnings of the social sciences

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in the social sciences

Critically understand and appreciate the way in which social scientific research method may be employed in legal and criminological research and in policy development

Critically engage in the discussion of the epistemic presuppositions, method and social and political implications of social scientific research method

Demonstrate a general understanding of the implications of social science research methodology for the development of particular research projects

Apply a critical and well-informed understanding of social scientific research methodology to the effective development of an original research problematic or project in the field of Law and Criminology

Brief description

This module will provide training in the use of (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative research methodology in the context of criminological and socio-legal research, and of methodological issues which arise in relation to research at the law/science interface.

Content

The relationship between quantitative and qualitative approaches

Quantitative methodology in the socio-legal field
Quantitative methodology in the criminological field

Qualitative methodology in the socio-legal field
Qualitative methodology in the criminological field

Methodological issues at the interface of law and science

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7