1. Nature and Purpose of Research:
Meaning and Objectives of Research – Importance of sociolegal research Epistemological and Ontological approach to research Social and Legalresearch strategies
2. Quantitative Research:
Nature of quantitative research, Sampling, Method of data collectionMethods for the collection of statutory and case materials, Use of comparative and historicalresearch materials, Case study, Structured observation, Self completion questionnaire, Contentanalysis, Scaling techniques, Jurimetrics, Quantitative data analysisPrimary and Secondary Sources.
3. Qualitative Research:
Nature of qualitative research, Ethnography and participantobservation in research, Interview in qualitative research, Projective techniques, Documents assource of data: personal diaries, letters, autobiographies, official documents, and mass mediaInterpreting documents: hermeneutics, qualitative content analysis and semioticsQualitative data analysis. Integrating qualitative/ quantitative research.
4. Research Strategies:
Legislative materials including subordinate legislation, notification andpolicy statements. Decisional material including foreign decisions; methods of discovering therule of the case” tracing the history of important cases and ensuring that these have not been overruled; Juristic writings, survey of juristic literature relevant to select problems in India andforeign. Compilation of list of reports or special studies conducted relevant to the problem
5. Finding Material in a Library:
Books, Journals, Reports Legislations, Index to PeriodicalsDigest of Cases, Other Materials and Sources.
6. Selection of the Research Topic :
Basic Considerations in Selection of Topic, FactorAffecting Topic Selection, Methods of narrowing a Topic into a Research Question.
7. Research Design :
Components of a Research Design, Hypothesis/ Researchable Question Literature Review, Methodology.
8. Computer-Assisted Research:
Using the Internet as a Research Tool, using the internetobject and method. A study of legal research programmes such as Lexis, West law Manupatraetc.
9. Writing of Research Report Mode of Citation and Bibliography:
Author- date System Footnote and Endnote System, Citing for the First Time, Subsequent citing, List of Abbreviation Used in Citation, Bibliographical Entries, The Blue book – A Uniform System of Citation
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