Crime Research and Methods

Unit code: LCR3901 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Queen
Online Real Time
LCR2003 - Criminological Theory; or
ASL2002 - Criminal Justice Systems 2; and
LCR3001 - Contemporary Issues in Criminology
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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