- Code CRIM4001
- 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 Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Lorana Bartels
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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The goal of this course is to help students think about how key debates within criminological theory and research can help inform their thesis. We review some of the major approaches to the study of crime and justice, and students will attain a comprehensive grasp of the main philosophical, historical and methodological debates within the discipline. A key element of the course will involve considering the epistemologies that underpin knowledge creation using different methodologies. This course is designed to help students develop their research question and methodology for their honours thesis, and complements work undertaken independently by students with the help of their thesis supervisor.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and synthesise relevant theoretical and empirical literature in a chosen area of research;
- examine and critique the key methodological issues in criminological research;
- develop an informed argument about methodological approaches in criminological research; and
- communicate arguments about theory and research to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
The research essay can be adapted to contribute to portions of the students Honours Thesis (THES4103).
- participation in seminar discussions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Written reflection on methodology (700 words) (15) [LO 2,3]
- Visual/Oral Presentations at honours mini-conference (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research essay encompassing relevant theory, research, and methodology (4000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars and workshops.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Crotty, Michael. The foundations of social research: Meaning and perspective in the research process. Sage, 1998.
Snipes, J. B., Bernard, T. J., & Gerould, A. L. (2016). Vold’s criminological theory. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Braithwaite, J. (1989). Crime, shame and reintegration. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Booth, W. C., Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., & Williams, J. M. (2003). The craft of research. University of Chicago press.
Becker, H. S. (2008). Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. University of Chicago Press.
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