The aim of this unit is to provide basic social science research skills and methods and an opportunity to think more deeply about a contemporary issue related to criminology, examine the relevant literature and engage in a systematic and evidence-based investigation of that issue. Students in small teams will plan to undertake a empirical research project in an area of interest a with due consideration of ethical issues. In this unit, student teams will develop a project plan and report on the process. In LCR3902 Research Project, student teams will undertake the study and report on the findings

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
LCR3901

Prerequisites

LCR2003 - Criminological Theory or

ASL2002 - Criminal Justice Systems 2 and

LCR3001 - Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the principles and assumptions that underpin different forms of research design and methodology;  
  2. Apply and evaluate ethical issues for criminological research;  
  3. Apply and evaluate advanced research methods skills including design, analysis and presentation  
  4. Postulate appropriate research questions and justify techniques used in relation to criminological issues, and  
  5. Carry out a systematic research proposal on a set topic.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Timed, take home quiz 10%
Annotated Bibliography Annotated bibliography 30%
Report Group research proposal 40%
Test In class test 20%

Required reading

Research Methods for Criminal Justice
Dantzker, M (2018)
Jones & Bartlet, USA

Where to next?

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