Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM687: Socio-Legal Research Skills

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Banakar, R. and Travers M. (eds.) An Introduction to Law and Social Theory (Hart Publishing, 2002).
Banakar, R. and Travers M. (eds.) Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research (Hart, 2005).
Bryman A. Social Research Methods, 3rd ed, 2008
Bryman, A (ed.) (1988) Doing Research in Organisations (Routledge)
Bulmer, M. (ed.) (1982) Social Research Ethics (Macmillan)
Creswell, J Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches (Sage: 2002)
De Vaus, D. Surveys in Social Research, 3rd Edn,1996.
Ewick and Sibley, The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life (Chicago University Press 1998), Chapter 1 and 2
Glaser, B. and A. Strauss (1967) The Discovery of Grounded Theory (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
Harrington, Christine and Barbara Yngvesson (1990) "Interpretive Sociolegal Research", 15 Law and Social Inquiry 135
Jay R and Hamilton, A. Data Protection Law and Practice, Sweet and Maxwell, 1999
Maclean, M. and H. Genn (1979) Methodological Issues in Social Surveys (Macmillan)
Pallant, J. SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using SPSS for Windows (Version 15) 3rd ed, 2007.
Ragin, C. TheComparative Method, (Berkley: University of California, 1987
Samuel, G. Epistemology and Method in Law (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2003)
Sarat, A. Off to Meet the Wizard: Beyond Validity and Reliability in the Search for a Post-empiricist Sociology of Law (1990) 15 Law and Social Inquiry 155-170
Shapiro and Stone, "Testing, Comparison, Prediction", Chapter 4 of On Law, Politics and Judicialization, OUP 2002
Silverman, Doing Qualitative research: A practical handbook Sage, 2000.
Strauss, A. & Corbin, J. Grounded theory in practice, 1997.
Thomas, P. (ed) Socio Legal Studies (Aldershot, Dartmouth) 1997
Trubek, D. and Esser, J. "Critical Empiricism in American Legal Studies: Paradox, Program or Pandora's Box?" 14 Law and Social Inquiry 3
Mason, J. Qualitative Researching, 2nd Edn, Sage, 2002.
Punch, M. (1986) The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork (Qualitative Research Methods Series, Sage University Press)
Socio-Legal Studies Association, Statement of Ethical Practice, 2002
Social Research Association Code of Research Ethics
Van Hoeke (2004) Epistemology and Methodology of Comparative Law (Hart Publishing)
Ward, A. (1995) Copyright Ethics and Oral History (Oral History Society, Department of Sociology, University of Essex)