Research Methods for Criminology

Unit code: LCR6002 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Queen


The aim of this unit is to provide foundational criminology research skills and methods that form an essential part of a criminologist’s toolkit. The unit will cover research design and planning, qualitative methods and provide an engagement in a specific criminology issue.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Carry out advanced research to formulate an original research problem that addresses a specific contemporary issue in criminology;
  2. Evaluate and apply advanced research methodologies;
  3. Develop appropriate research questions/hypotheses that account for ethical principles of research;
  4. Present and defend conceptualisation and operationalisation of research approaches; and
  5. Demonstrate effective academic writing skills in critical analysis of a specific criminological issue.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Project Plan/GANTT and Elevator Pitch (600 words)
Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 30%
Literature Review and Theoretical Framework (1,500 words)
Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 50%
Research Proposal (2,400 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
3-minute Thesis (500 words equivalent)

Required reading


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