Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 11 x 2 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written assignment or assignments up to a maximum of 3000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed written assignment or assignments  100%
Supplementary Assessment

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of general methodological issues in human sciences

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Jurisprudential and Comparative issues in Law and Criminology

Critically understand and appreciate the Jurisprudential and Comparative presuppositions and implications of legal and criminological research in general

Critically engage in Jurisprudential and Comparative debate in the context of legal and criminological research

Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of Jurisprudential and Comparative issues within the context of a particular research project

Present a critical and well-informed understanding of the contribution of methodological, jurisprudential and comparative reflection to the effective development of an original research project in the field of Law and Criminology

Brief description

This module provides an introduction a) to the jurisprudential and philosophical themes relevant to legal and criminological research and b) to the international, supranational and transnational dimensions to legal and criminological research


- Introduction to the module
- General Methodological issues in the Human Sciences
- Methodological Issues in the Context of Legal and Criminological Research
- Contemporary Issues in Jurisprudence
- Philosophical Issues in Criminological Research
- The Methodology of Comparative Research

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not applicable
Communication Written and oral communication skills are developed through informal seminar discussion and through formal assessment. The ability to communicate complex ideas concerning general issues of method and specific issues of jurisprudential and comparative methodology is a unifying theme within the context of the development of the module teaching as a whole.
Improving own Learning and Performance At various points in the course and in particular as regards the assessment process, researchers are encouraged to apply and develop the views, techniques and methods which they have encountered in the context of their own work.
Information Technology The module considers the role played by various forms of linguistic media including modern communications media and information technology in the context of the general disciplinary matrix of the Human Sciences.
Personal Development and Career planning The course as a whole will consider the meaning of the concept of personal development in relation to the acquisition of a practical understanding and appropriation of certain basic disciplinary traditions within the Human Sciences.
Problem solving Problem solving skills are developed over the course as a whole. At all stages, the course emphasises the development of a critical awareness of the implications of methodological, jurisprudential and comparative considerations for the conduct of particular research programs.
Research skills The module provides a focused and sustained opportunity for researchers to reflect upon the methodology and philosophical presuppositions of legal and criminological research.
Subject Specific Skills None
Team work Team working skills will be encouraged and developed via participation in seminar discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 7