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This module provides an overview of the main methods and critical methodologies / perspectives encountered by HDR students in Law (eg doctrinal, quantitative, qualitative, mixed, sociological, economical, philosophical, critical, comparative and historical) in greater depth than in LAWS0007. The module then introduces students to some of the main mechanisms used to gather and analyse data, for example surveys / questionnaires, interviews, observations, archival, and the practical and ethical challenges of data collection. Students would be expected to identify and discuss the key benefits and challenges of different approaches to their research questions, including any additional training and development needs.

 The course is compulsory for all enrolled PhD students and is a condition of satisfactory completion of the annual progress review in the second year of candidature (FTE). Students enrolled in the LLM by Research and the SJD may enrol in this course on an optional basis or as directed by their Supervisors or the DPGR.



Faculty Faculty of Law
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