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Empirical legal questions are increasingly pressing for society and academics alike. Covering the law in action, victims, governmental accountability, police investigation, reporting and so on, the study of these questions is at the core of a blossoming field of academic endeavour in the US. But until now Europe has lagged behind. 

About

Law students here generally receive little training in empirical methods, and most social scientists are unversed in law.

At the end of this Empirical Research Methods for Legal Studies course offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will:

  • Be able to formulate empirical research questions and hypotheses.
  • Be able to distinguish between quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Know how to choose a research design for a specific question.
  • Be aware of research ethics with human subjects.
  • Know how to draw a representative sample.
  • Know how to choose a measurement method.
  • Know how to design an interview plan and to conduct an interview.
  • Know the basics of data analysis, including descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Be able to distinguish between the strengths and weaknesses of different types of samples, measurement methods and analysis techniques.
  • Be able to present empirical research findings.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
    • Duration description
      6 July to 20 July
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • This course seeks to redress the imbalance by introducing students and scholars of law – in all branches – to the basics of social science research methodology. It covers all relevant material whilst assuming little or no prior knowledge of research methods or statistics. 
  • Topics include problem specification, the empirical research cycle, literature searches and analysis, hypothesis identification, research design at the micro, meso and macro levels, research ethics, sampling, measurement strategies, data analysis, statistics and reporting. We discuss the subject matter in an accessible format with a minimum of formulas. You also gain hands-on know-how and training by conducting your own field study

Audience

  • Students and professionals in the field of Law, Sociology, Criminology and Conflict Studies, and junior researchers in these fields. 
  • Students who are in their final year of bachelors studies or have obtained a full bachelors degree are able to register for this course. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career?
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)
  • Experience with BSc-level statistics and research methods is recommended.
  • English Language Requirements: It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers  three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship.

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