• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Statistics, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jason Payne
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Evidence-based policy development has emerged as key foundation of private enterprise and public service. Whether you're a policy officer, program manager or senior executive, understanding research and the research process is critical to innovation and improvement. In this course, students will gain an insight into how criminologists undertake research on policy related crime and punishment issues in Australia. They will develop an understanding of the key methodological techniques and principles that criminologists use to study crime.

This course is weighted towards understanding research design and the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods which is a powerful way to explore substantiative research questions in social policy and criminology.  Skills in research design, quantitative research and data analysis are highly sought after by employers in both the public and private sectors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles and practices that underpin social science research.
  2. Understand the problems that arise in real world research on criminal justice topics.
  3. Think critically about data and the methodologies used to collate and analyse data.
  4. Source data and interpret information appropriately.
  5. Communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
  6. Achieve outcomes working within strict time constraints.

Indicative Assessment

Critical evaluation essay (20%) (1200 words) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Applied theory essay (20%) (1200 words) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Critical reflection via Wattle (10%) (minimum of 5 Wattle  contributions) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Take-home Examination (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1, 5 & 6)

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1 hour (online) lecture and 2 hours interactive tutorial per week for 13 weeks. The interactive tutorial will involve group-work and problem solving activities which are directly connected to the online lecture materials. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester including readings, quizzes and other assessment items (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must have completed either SOCY2038 or SOCY2043 or PSYC2009 or with consent of the course convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2058.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed reading for this course will be available in a reading brick. It will include texts from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, history, public health and criminology.

Assumed Knowledge

Delivered in blended mode, this course is highly interactive and utilises problem-based learning techniques to explore key social and criminological research problems. Students are expected to participate in online activities, group work and class discussions.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3469 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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