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
- • 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.
- • 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.
- • 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.