Aim: Learn to critically examine and understand analytical methods applied in investigating international crimes and monitoring gross human rights violations. Students will be introduced into a critical understanding of the diversity of analytical and empirical research methods used in international crime and justice analysis which they can encounter working in the respective fields. As a result of a needs analysis conducted for international criminal justice, analysing expert witnesses, main methods applied in the field of post-conflict security, law enforcement and justice activities have been identified which will be studied.
Content: Overview on major types of analytical and empirical research methods used in monitoring, investigation and analysis of SHRV and international crime and justice, and critical assessment of methods applied in analytical reports. Introduction of the concept of empirical research design, and into computer-aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) and the mixed-method approach as one of the most powerful approaches to analyze large amounts of digitized data.
Competencies: The ability to understand and critically assess analytical and empirical research methods used in monitoring, investigation and analysis of SHRV and international crime and justice; the ability to apply research methods and techniques and more in particular Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS); the ability to design independent research in the field international crime and justice analysis of at the level of a newly-qualified researcher. This includes drafting a research question and a research design, executing this research, analyzing the research data and evaluating the research results; the ability to communicate about theory, research and practice concerning criminal justice, governance and police science to professional colleagues, policy makers, researchers and laymen; the ability to connect knowledge, skills and proficiencies from an interdisciplinary perspectiv.