The aim of this unit is to provide foundational criminology research skills and methods that form a essential part of a criminologist took kit.  The unit will cover research design and planning, quantitative and qualitative methods and provide an overview of statistics.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
LCR6002

Prerequisites

LCR6001 - Advanced Criminological Theory

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. Analyse crime statistics and apply fundamental statistical techniques.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Statistical analysis and report (1,000 words) 20%
Presentation Review of a research method (15 mins) 30%
Research Paper A research proposal 50%

Required reading

Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Rennison, C.M. & Hart T.C., 2019
Thousand Oaks USA Sage

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