In the first year core curriculum, researchers are introduced to the core research methodologies of Law & Development:
- Legal methodology, including Law and Globalization
- Legal sociology
- Legal anthropology
- Law and Economics
In addition, researchers are provided with academic skills, such as training in time management, and project development.
Further opportunities to develop their research skills training is offered to researchers in the course of the first year.
The first year core curriculum also includes substantive modules in Law & Development. These modules provide an introduction to key, cross-cutting areas of Law & Development that form essential basic knowledge for participation in the L&D field.
The following modules are currently taught in the second part of the core curriculum:
- History and Theory of Law & Development
- Poverty, Human Security and Vulnerability
- Gender and Development
- Sustainable Development
- Actors in Development
- International Economic Law and Governance
- Understanding the Local
During the course of the first year curriculum, researchers develop their Personal Research Plans for the length of the programme.