Module 1: Basics of Research 9
Module 2: Research Design & Process 4
Module 3: Research Methodology 7
Module 4: Doctrinal Legal Research Method 8
Module 5: Footnoting & Citation 4
Module 6: Non-Doctrinal Research Method 6
Module 7: Legal Writing 4
Week 8 (Assignment Submission) 1
RM – Module 1: Summay
This introductory module has established the fundamentals of research, legal research and methodology, which would act as a groundwork in comprehending the intricacies of Research Methodology, as will be elucidated upon in further modules. The gist of what we have learnt so far in this module is:
- As used in our day-to-day life, Research is the process of exploring the already available facts, to find an answer to questions ordinarily put forth before us every day.
- However, a non- research action (research in general sense) differs from a wholly academically oriented research action, wherein the latter incorporates a systematic process and methodology to decipher the solution, the ultimate truth.
- In furtherance, Legal Research is a set of commands which follows such a systematic process and adds legitimacy, dependency, authority and persuasiveness to the statements asserted.
- The need and significance of Legal Research is multifarious, having utility for every single member of the legal fraternity, from a college student to a legal professional or a bureaucrat, and in helping them attain the pinnacle of success.
- A little towards the technicalities of research writing, there exists a thin line of difference between Research Objectives and Purpose of Research, which though sound similar at the outset cannot be used interchangeably. Objective implies the sort of research one wants to carry out, and Purpose implies the reason behind carrying out the research. Though the Objective may be the same, the Purpose for conducting the research may drastically vary from case to case.
- Having understood the meaning of Research Objective, research can be categorized into the following based on the objective it wishes to achieve: Evolutive (invent), Exploratory (explore the unknown), Explanatory (make aware), Diagnostic (diagnose the issue), Remedial (solve the issue), Comparative (compare) and Historical (study past events).
- A Research, when conducted, can adopt different approaches in answering the Research Questions. The most commonly used research paradigms include: Positivism (single truth), Constructivism (multiple truths), Feminism (gender neutral truth), Critical Research Studies Approach (truth based on power structure) and Postmodernism (truth is dynamic).