Postgraduate Course: Key Issues in Law and Society Research (PGSP11102)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course serves as an introduction to socio-legal research. It will be structured around an article, entitled 'Four Quadrants of Jurisprudence' by Sir Neil MacCormick (Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at Edinburgh University from 1973-2008) that compares four modes of legal scholarship and legal; research: 'raw law', doctrinal law, 'law in social science' and 'fundamental values and principles'. Although the course will focus on 'law in social science' or 'law and society' research, it will first seek to assess the strengths and weaknesses of these four modes of legal enquiry, and then attempt to characterise and evaluate how, in different ways, the different modes of socio-legal research can contribute to an understanding of law and legal institutions. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of socio-legal research, the course is taught by a team of teachers from the School of Social and Political Studies and the School of Law. It is intended both for students with a background in the social sciences and/or in law and attempts to build on the knowledge or experience that students have already acquired.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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| At the end of the course, students should have:
- an understanding of a socio-legal approach to empirical research and the ways in which it differs from other approaches;
- an understanding of some of the main forms of socio-legal research;
- an ability to frame and design a piece of socio-legal research.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Michael Adler
Tel: (0131 6)50 3931
|Course secretary||Mr Andrew Macaulay
Tel: (0131 6)51 5067