CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 32 Contact Hours

This course provides an introduction to research in social sciences in general, and legal research in particular. Students will become familiar with the main approaches to legal research and the main methodological issues. The course introduces the key elements of writing legal research papers, and it prepares students for writing them.

Students are expected to actively participate in both lectures and practical tasks.

Passing this course is a mandatory precondition to be admitted to writing a Y1 Research Paper.




CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 32 Contact Hours

This is a course of interdisciplinary research, which methodology basis on the specificity of the Law and Diplomacy Programme. The methodology is composed of the elements affecting the broadest possible picture of legal and political relations among several societies. It focuses on conceptualizing and executing both doctrinal and empirical legal and political research projects. The course will examine the understanding of broad socio-legal and socio-political realities, the students' interdisciplinary research design abilities, will equip them both in the theoretical and methodological toolbox. It will guide students through the research design process (e.g. starting from the choice of topic, formulation of a research question, research conduction and ending with writing a conclusion). The final course result will be equipping them in the skills, which creates the possibility for the Law and Diplomacy programme's interdisciplinary research conduction. The theoretical concepts represent both approaches to law and politics typical for these two branches of academia. In other words, Law and Diplomacy programme students will achieve an ability to analyse the law from different perspectives (i.e. as an independent and dependable variable).

CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 32 Contact Hours

The relationship between law and economics has been questioned since at least the 19th century, and, even nowadays, the two disciplines are considered as rather separated in traditional law or economics curricula. However, and that is probably one of the great achievements of the law and economics movement, the relationship between the two disciplines is extremely fertile. Even better, this approach makes it possible to question traditional legal approaches, concepts or doctrines and thus promotes a more intimate knowledge of the law.

CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

The advanced research methods course supplements the content of the research methods course (taken during the Y1). This course provides the relevant theoretical knowledge and also practical elements that will aid the students in conducting independent research. One of the main aims of the course is to prepare students for writing a bachelor thesis.

As the lectures and seminars are combined, there will be practical exercises at each class. Students are expected to be active.

CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 32 Contact Hours

Course on the Research Methods provides an introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. Structured in two parts, the first covering the nature of knowledge and the reasons for research, and the second the specific methods used to carry out effective research.