Aims, learning outcomes, transferable skills and rationale

The course aims, learning objectives and rationale set out in Box 1 are reproduced directly from the module handbook.

Box 1: aims, learning objectives and rationale

Module aims

  • • To develop students' understanding of doctrinal and empirical approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena;
  • • To equip students with a basic understanding of empirical research methods;
  • • To enable students critically to evaluate the use made by academic writers of such methods and data;
  • • To encourage understanding of the importance of empirical research in debates concerning law reform;
  • • To equip students with advanced research skills in using legal databases and the internet;
  • • To help prepare students for their final-year dissertation.

Learning outcomes

  • • An appreciation of the range of approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena;
  • • A basic understanding of empirical research methods;
  • • An understanding of the role played by empirical data in debates on law reform;
  • • The ability to carry out scholarly research using legal databases and the internet; and
  • • The ability to identify research areas, questions and methods appropriate to the final-year dissertation.

Transferable skills

  • • Increased self-confidence in oral expression, and ability to 'think on your feet';
  • • Advanced skills in searching for and accessing relevant literature using databases and the internet;
  • • Skills in critically analysing and evaluating scholarly publications against specified criteria; and
  • • Writing skills through preparation of assessed coursework.
 
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