Legal Methods in Research and Practice
15 credits cr.
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The course Legal Methods in Research and Practice aims to further prepare students for qualified application of European economic law in both practical situations, for example dispute resolution and negotiations, and in independent research.
The course Legal Methods in Research and Practice is given within the framework of the one-year master programme in European Economic Law at the Department of Law, Stockholm University.
This course is the third course in the Master of Laws Programme in European Economic Law. It aims to provide specialised knowledge in EU legal theory and methods. In the first part of the course, students participate in practical exercises in the form of mock trials or other types of cases, where they take the role of a party, legal representative or another legal role in a reality-based dispute resolution situation. Through this exercise, students practise applying the substantive knowledge, argumentation skills, and methodological knowledge they have acquired during the programme's first term.
The second part of the course aims to further prepare students for research in European economic law and to support them in the work with their Master thesis project. Through active participation in a series of seminars, students deepen their knowledge of EU legal theory and methods as well as obtain insight into other relevant scholarly and related approaches, such as comparative methods, law and economics, and sociology of law. Students will present sections and drafts of their proposed thesis and have the opportunity to discuss these with teachers and other students.
The course includes an advanced seminar in European economic law. The purpose of the seminar is to, at an advanced academic level, convey knowledge and insights into current issues, trends and research developments in European economic law. Within the context of the seminar series, researchers are invited to present new and ongoing research. Particular focus will be placed on questions that are related to students' proposed thesis subjects.
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Syllabus - Legal Methods in Research and Practice
Instruction will consist of:
- One (or more) practical exercise in the form of a mock trial or the equivalent, where students practise the application of legal methodology and techniques for arguing cases.
- Lectures and seminars on legal theory and methodology, and on various scholarly and related approaches, such as comparative methods, law and economics, and sociology of law.
- Thesis seminars, where students have the opportunity to discuss in groups important questions for their thesis such as defining relevant questions, delimiting the research questions, methodological considerations, critical management and use of source material, and proper citation of sources.
- An advanced seminar in European economic law, where new and ongoing research is presented with particular focus on questions that are related to students' proposed thesis subjects.
The language of instruction is English.
Examination is based on participation in the practical exercises, written or oral assignments, and active participation in the other instruction. When the student has completed assignments in a group, the individual student's achievement is checked with questions at the seminars.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
European Legal Method - in a Multi-Level EU Order, Edited by: Ulla Neergaard & Ruth Nielsen, 2012, ISBN: 9788757428681
During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.
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