Research Methods for Criminology

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


    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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