Swayam Central

Research Methodology

By Prof. G.S.Bajpai   |   National Law University, Delhi
The present course intends to target the students who are pursuing the subject of Research Methodology as a part of their degree or post graduate degree courses in criminology, law, sociology, social work, etc. Divided over 15 weeks, the course has 35 Modules which would be disseminated to the learners through e-text and video lectures. The contents of the course have been organised in a manner that they result into a progressive learning of the subject on the part of the learners. The discussion forum and quiz component of the course will enable the students for a participatory learning experience. The course can also be taken by the learners who are practioners in different organisations as the certificate programme.

Learners enrolled: 5254


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 06 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 10 May 2020
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate


    Name / Title of the Module

    1. Basics of Research

    2. Legal Research

    3. Legal Reasoning

    4. Socio-Legal Research

    5. Research Problem

    6. Research Design

    7. Hypothesis

    8. Qualitative and Doctrinal Methods in Research

    9. Quantitative Methods in Research

    10. Sampling

    11. Methods of Data Collection

    12. Tools & Techniques of Data Collection

    13. Data Analysis

    14. Jurimetrics

    15. Use of Law Library in Legal Research

    16. Report Writing

    17. Research Ethics

    18. Quantitative Research

    19. Qualitative Research

    20. Research Proposal

    21. Review of Literature

    22. Measurement

    23. Scaling

    24. Reliability & Validity

    25. Primary & Secondary Data

    26. Survey Method

    27. Content Analysis

     28. Case Study Method

    29. Projective Techniques

    30. Data Processing

    31. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)

    32. Drawing Conclusions

    33. Presentation of Research

    34. Citation Patterns

    35. Plagiarism



    Prof. G.S.Bajpai

    National Law University, Delhi
    Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai Registrar & Professor Prof G S Bajpai serves as Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice; Chair Professor at K.L Arora Chair in Criminal Law at National Law University, Delhi and also as the Chairperson at the Centre for Criminology & Victimology. He is also the Registrar, National Law University, Delhi. Before this, he was serving (2007-2011) as Professor & Chairperson at the Centre for Criminal Justice Administration, National Law Institute University, Bhopal (MP). He also had positions at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, (1989) Bureau of Police Research & Development, (1989- 1995) Punjab Police Academy, Punjab and Department of Criminology & Forensic Science, University of Saugar, M.P. He did his post doctorate study (2004) as Commonwealth Fellow at the Department of Criminology, Leicester University, U.K. Prof. Bajpai has authored fifteen books and more than eighty papers, ten project reports and several monographs. His books (2011) 'Witness & Criminal Justice Systems', 'On Cyber Crime & Cyber Law', 'Situational Crime Prevention & Crime Reduction' and ‘Victimological Narratives on Gender Violence’ (2014) have been well-received. As many as six students have already completed doctoral dissertations (Ph. D.) under his guidance. His two recent books (2016) are: "Victim Justice- A Paradigm Shift In the Indian Criminal Justice System" and "Judgments that Shaped the India Jurisprudence" published from Thomson & Reuters. His new book (2017) is: Pre-Trial Process & Policing. Prof. Bajpai held many prestigious international assignments for advanced research in criminal law and criminal justice. He has been to the University of Paris (France) under UGC Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme (1999) to work on 'Victim's position in French Criminal Justice System'. He was also the recipient of prestigious Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester, UK for an advanced research and teaching (in Crime reduction) for the year 2003-04. Dr. Bajpai also visited International Victimology Institute, Tokiwa University, Japan for delivering invited lectures in July 2007. Besides, he was also selected under the Indo-Russia Cultural Exchange programme to visit St. Petesburg (2007) and Indo-Hungarian Cultural Exchange Programme to carry out research in Budapest (2009). In 2010, Prof. Bajpai was conferred a visiting fellowship of ICSSR under the Indo-NWO Exchange of Scholars and under this visit he carried out significant research at the International Victimology Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Apart from visiting the International Criminal Court at Hague, Prof Bajpai delivered key lectures at several universities like VU University, Amsterdam. He was identified by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York to author a case study on 'Bhopal Gas Tragedy' which was published from the Cambridge Press, US. He made a key presentation at 11th ASLI Conference held at Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (June 2014). He visited Faculty of Law / Criminology at University of Wurzburg, Germany in January 2015 as visiting professor under German Academic Exchange Programme. He made a key presentation on “When Criminal Justice Goes Wrong: Study of Vulnerability and Miscarriage” at Asian Criminological Society Conference themed, ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice in a Changing World: Contributions from Asia” held at the City University of Hong Kong in June 2015. As a part of the academic collaboration, he has made significant presentations at the Centre for Criminology, the University of Oxford and the Department of Criminology & Law, Sheffield Hallam University U.K. on the issues of Post-Delhi Gang Rape Legal Reforms and Victim Justice. As a very significant achievement, Prof. Bajpai worked as 'Co-Principal Investigator' of the MHRD-UGC, E-PG Pathshala Project and led the creation of online e-text and video lectures on 367 modules of fifteen papers for PG level courses in Law. Currently, he is also working on a similar E-PG Pathshala Project on Criminology. Prof. Bajpai also contributed significantly in police training research. He successfully implemented a series of Vertical Interaction Courses for IPS officers and also coordinated training projects with Sheffield Hallam University. Prof. Bajpai, for his consistent research of high quality, has been conferred various awards and honors. He is the recipient of G. B. Pant Award (for writing a book on Human Rights and Police). In recognition of his contribution to the growth of Criminology in India, Dr. Bajpai was conferred the title of Fellow of Indian Society of Criminology (FISC) by the Indian Society of Criminology (ISC). He was also awarded (2005) coveted Prof S Srivastava Memorial Award for excellence in research/teaching in Criminology and ‘Best Social Scientist Award’ of the Indian Society of Criminology (2014). He was conferred the prestigious Prof. K.Chockalingam Award 2014 in the Fourth International & Eight Biennial Conference of the Indian Society of Victimology in October 2014. Recently, Prof. Bajpai was conferred upon the 'ISC-Kumarappa Reckless award', the highest honour and award of ISC, in recognition of significant contribution to research, teaching and administration in the field of Criminal Justice Administration. Prof. G.S.Bajpai is also the President of Indian Society of Victimology. Recently, he has been elected to the Executive Committee of World Society of Victimology (WSV).


    Internal Assessment :  30 marks  &  Proctored Examination: 70 marks