- Code CRIM2001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Criminology
- Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology
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. Through a series of online and in-class exercises students will develop an understanding and the practical skills necessary to critique criminological research and implement a variety of methodological techniques.
This course is weighted towards understanding research design and the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods; both of which are powerful ways to explore substantiative research questions in social policy and criminology. Skills in research design, data collection and information analysis are essential and highly sought after by employers in both the public and private sectors.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the basic principles and practices that underpin social science research;
- understand the problems that arise in real world research on criminal justice topics;
- think critically about data and the methodologies used to collate and analyse data;
- source data and interpret information appropriately; and
- communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
- Mid-term quiz (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Oral presentation, 10 mins (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay (2500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Take-home Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of interactive tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
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.
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