LLAW6022 & JDOC6022

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6022 / JDOC6022
Course name: Advanced Research Methodology
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This is an introductory course focusing on how to conceptualize and execute both doctrinal and empirical legal research projects. We will briefly examine the philosophical issues that undergird such research, along with the nuts and bolts of actual research methods. At the end of this course, students should have a good sense of a range of research methods (comparative, qualitative, and—to a lesser extent—quantitative) as well as a sense of how to think about the kinds of research problems that will provide the core of a Ph.D. thesis.

The main intellectual agenda will be to develop a sophisticated and rigorous sense of how to ask-and answer-a scholarly research question concerning the workings of llaw, using both legal doctrine and social science and related data.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Stefano Osella osella@hku.hk CCT 504 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Develop familiarity with different research methods for conducting legal research (comparative, cultural analysis of law, qualitative, quantitative).

CLO 2 Learn how to ask scholarly research questions concerning the workings of law, using both legal doctrine and social science and related data.

CLO 3 Complete a research proposal including a literature review and overview of

CLO 4 Conduct a pilot study of proposed research.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Timely and constant participation N/A 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
In-class interactions and exercises TBC 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
Writing assignments TBC 35% 1, 2, 3, 4
Final paper 12 Dec 2023 45% 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/