Social Research Methods

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Course Code: 
LAW 2208
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The social research methods course, as taught to law students, covers the social context of the legal issues legal scholars and practitioners deal with.  It explores the main paradigmatic orientations of social research (quantitative, qualitative and mixed research), and when and how they are used in the study of social phenomena.  It also examines the various data collection and analysis methods associated with each research paradigm.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students should have sufficient knowledge and skills to:

  1. Read and appreciate social research literature
  2. Problematize a legal/social issue for research
  3. Write a research proposal
  4. Conduct research of a modest magnitude, and
  5. Write a report to a specified standard.
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