An advanced introduction to legal methods and legal writing designed to assist students in preparation of writing research papers. The course is structured around three main objectives:
- offer students an understanding of the practical questions often subsumed under the monikers of method and methodology (question, theory, materials etc);
- equip students with a sophisticated understanding of a variety of research methods and of how to combine them;
- enable students to interact with and evaluate different types and styles of legal writing and to improve their own writing skills.
The course will combine pre-assigned readings with in-class exercises and active student engagement. The goal will be for students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of different legal methods and to apply this knowledge on their own writings. A major goal of the course would be to encourage the students to achieve constructive alignment between their research question, legal theory, methods and archives in a way that will facilitate the completion of their research project.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate a range of research methods, including the possibilities and limitations of combining them, and justify their suitability for specific research projects.
- Assess whether the research question, method and materials of a research project are aligned.
- Evaluate gaps and opportunities for further research in one or more fields, develop a research project, and articulate the contribution this makes to the field.
- Evaluate and reflect on discussion and feedback arising throughout the course to develop research skills and a distinct authorial voice.
- The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, which may include: 1) Written research proposal of chosen research project; and 2) Oral presentation of research project. (null) [LO null]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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