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  80%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation  20%
Supplementary Assessment Retake failed elements of assessment  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of general methodological issues in the social, human and natural sciences.

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the practical and theoretical relationships which may exist between the social, human and natural sciences

Critically understand and appreicate the disciplinary and contextual presuppositions and implications of legal and criminological research in general

Critically engage in the discussion of the character of and the relationship between relevant cognate disciplines in the context of legal and criminological research

Demonstrate a general understanding of the implications of different disciplinary perspectives and considerations relating to the social and political context for the development of a particular research project

Apply a critical and well-informed understanding of the contribution of reflection on disciplinary perspectives and of wider contextual awareness to the effective development of an original research problematic or project in the field of law and criminology


- Introduction to the module
- The concept of a disciplinary research practice
- Disciplinary research organisation in the context of the human, social and natural sciences
- The disciplinary research practices of law and criminology and in particular their relationship with cognate disciplines
- An introduction to practical research issues at the interface between law and criminology and the natural sciences
- Issues in the area of the regulation of risk
- The role of social, political and commercial context in shaping the formulation and development of research projects in the areas of law and criminology

Brief description

This module provides an introduction a) to the concept of an academic discipline; b) an understanding of the possible types of relationships which may exist between cognate disciplines and in particular between law and criminology and related disciplines and c) an awareness of the relevance which factors relating to social and political context may have in shaping research in law and criminology.

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 general questions of method and context 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, Social and Natural Sciences.
Personal Development and Career planning The course as a whole will focus on personal development in so far as it encourages researchers in the fields of law and criminology to reflect on the relations existing between these fields and other disciplinary traditions within the Social, Natural and Human Sciences and the implications of such relations for their own research activity.
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 disciplinary and contextual 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 of a wide range of interrelated disciplines in the context 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