Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 22 Hours. Seminar. 11 x 2 hour seminar and workshop sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation  20%
Semester Assessment Three written reports exploring the use of (a) Quantitative data, (b) qualitative data, and (c) methodology in law and science, in selected and approved subject areas (2000 words each)   Written assignment or assignments up to a maximum of 3000 words  80%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed element of assessment 

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.


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


This module is at CQFW Level 7