Socio-Legal Research Theory and Practice
|Course code LAWS5023||Units 10||Level 5000||Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School|
LAW courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LAWS) degree programs.
This course is intended to provide students with a critical understanding of the theory and practice of socio-legal research. This will involve an examination of the theoretical underpinnings of socio-legal research, as well as the major methods including both quantitative and qualitative techniques used in socio-legal research. Students will critically examine a range of socio-legal research projects, their methods, findings and implications. They will also develop a critical and reflexive understanding of socio-legal knowledge, the research process, methodology, and research ethics.
This LAWS5000 level elective course is offered on a rotating basis and subject to student demand.
Not available in 2014
|Previously offered in 2006, 2004|
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course students will have:|
1. Developed a critical understanding of the relationship between social theory and socio-legal research.
2. Acquired a theoretical and practical understanding of a range of research techniques employed in socio-legal research, including quantitative and qualitative research methods.
3. Developed the skills to be able to critically apply existing legal research methods and knowledge into other fields, including socio-legal and policy research.
4. A critical knowledge of a broad range of socio-legal research projects.
5. A critical understanding of the ethical implications and considerations of socio-legal research theory and practice.
|Content||* Theoretical foundations of socio-legal research|
* The relationship between socio-legal research and legal research
* The relationship between socio-legal research and legal policy research
* Theory of quantitative socio-legal research
* Quantitative socio-legal research methods
* Theory of qualitative socio-legal research
* Qualitative socio-legal research methods
* Research ethics
* Case studies of socio-legal research projects
|Replacing Course(s)||Not Applicable|
|Assumed Knowledge||LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|