Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Research Methods
Study: Master in Advanced Studies in Human Rights (67)

Coordinating teacher: CUENCA GOMEZ, PATRICIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 1.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Bachelor's Degree
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
1. Introduce students to research techniques that may be useful for the preparation of his/her works and future doctoral thesis: selection of topics, hypotheses, structure, methods, systems of citations and references, etc. 2. Provide methodological guidance for research in the field of law, human rights and philosophical/legal studies. 3. Establish formal and procedural guidelines to facilitate the development of a quality work.
Description of contents: programme
1. What is a research? 2. The choice of subject/topic/issue: Basic principles. 3. The search for material: use of sources 4. The theoretical framework. 5. The principles of argumentation. 6. Scheme of work: defining the problem (hypothesis), methodology, work plan and outline. 7. The legal writing. 8. Reference systems. How to cite. 9. Bibliography 10. Plagiarism.
Learning activities and methodology
Basic concepts, logical and chronological steps in a research paper.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • Escudero Alday, R. y García Añón, J.. Cómo se hace un trabajo de investigación en Derecho. Los Libros de la Catarata. 2013
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Atienza, M. . Técnicas de argumentación jurídica. Trotta. 2013
  • Courtis, C. (ed.). Observar la ley. Ensayos sobre metodología de la investigación jurídica. Trotta. 2006
  • Cuerda, A.. Cum Laude. Guía para realizar una tesis doctoral en Derecho. Tecnos. 2008
  • Eco, U.. Cómo se hace una tesis. Gedisa. 1994
  • Weston, A.. Las claves de la argumentación. Ariel. 1994
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