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Legal methods (Advanced methodology course – practice-related methods)

Legal methods (Advanced methodology course – practice-related methods)
Master programme in
Global Studies * / International Development Studies * / International Public Administration and Politics * / Politics and Administration * / Public Administration * / Global and Development Studies / International Politics and Governance / Public Administration
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Responsible for the activity
Kerstin Carlson (carlson@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Laust Schouenborg (lausts@ruc.dk)
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

A practice-oriented methodology course aims to equip students to competently apply a given technique or tool that is frequently used in practice.

The course equips students to argue for the applicability and relevance of the technique or tool to the problem, and to apply the technique or tool in work situations.

Detailed description of content

This course introduces and teaches basic legal thinking. The aim is for students to learn to carry out legal reasoning in relation to the solution of specific policy issues. Students should learn to identify, interpret and apply legal frameworks for political practice in concrete situations. Additionally, students are trained to identify, find, interpret and use relevant sources of law, with a focus on international law and EU legislation. The course thus trains students to relate rules to practical problems in order to propose solutions to policy problems. The purpose here is to give suggestions on how a legal framework can be understood and interpreted if there are several possible outcomes, as well as to establish what the legal position is when there is clarity about the outcome.The course includes training in reading legal documents, i.e. judgments. In addition, the course provides an introduction to critical jurisprudential and legal sociological analysis of a policy field.

Course material and Reading list

The course has no assigned book. The syllabus will be built on articles and book chapters, available in the library or provided by the professors. Information regarding assigned materials will be posted on Moodle.ruc.dk

Overall plan and expected work effort

The class meets 10 times, where students should participate actively including by reading the assigned literature. This equals 135 hours of student work, which consists of: Preparing for and attending lectures: 6 hours each, 60 hours total Preparing questions assigned for each class meeting: 1 hour, 10 hours total Other (for example, preparing class presentations): 5 hours Preparing the portfolio exam: 70 hours

Evaluation and feedback

The program will be posted on Moodle.ruc.dk

Overall learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain and evaluate key concepts relating to the given technique or tool, using academically relevant terminology

  • Argue for the utility of the technique or tool in practice

  • Master the application of the basic functions of the given technique or tool

  • Take a critical position in relation to the use of the technique or tool in practice.

Form of examination
Individual written take-home assignment.

The character limit of the assignment is: maximum 12,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The duration of the take-home assignment is 48 hours and may include weekends and public holidays.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria
Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60607
Last changed 25/05/2023

lecture list:

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Tuesday 12-09-2023 14:15 - 12-09-2023 16:00 in week 37
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 19-09-2023 14:15 - 19-09-2023 16:00 in week 38
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 26-09-2023 14:15 - 26-09-2023 16:00 in week 39
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 03-10-2023 14:15 - 03-10-2023 16:00 in week 40
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 10-10-2023 14:15 - 10-10-2023 16:00 in week 41
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 31-10-2023 14:15 - 31-10-2023 16:00 in week 44
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 07-11-2023 14:15 - 07-11-2023 16:00 in week 45
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 14-11-2023 14:15 - 14-11-2023 16:00 in week 46
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 05-12-2023 14:15 - 05-12-2023 16:00 in week 49
Legal methods (GDS, IPG, PF)

Tuesday 09-01-2024 10:00 - Thursday 11-01-2024 10:00 in week 02
Legal methods - exam

Wednesday 21-02-2024 08:15 - Friday 23-02-2024 18:00 in week 08
Legal methods - reexam