• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Policy Studies, Social Research, Asia Pacific Studies, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jensen Sass
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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This course focuses on methodology and methods specific to developing and carrying out qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research projects in the fields of regulation, justice, and crime. It provides concepts, tools and practical knowledge to assist students in developing robust research projects. It covers key aspects of doing research such as the development of research questions, epistemological approaches, sampling, specific research methods, data management and analysis. In addition, students analyse and compare different research designs used within the fields of regulation, justice, and crime. The format combines lectures with hands-on activities and workshops, allowing students to explore a number of different approaches. The course offers students opportunities to discuss common ethical issues, with particular attention paid to concerns that emerge in carrying out research in Asia and the Pacfic, and provides an overview about ways of presenting research findings. The course will address challenges in designing, generating, and communicating evidence specific to the fields of regulation, governance, and crime.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research as an empirical social science agenda, including different concepts, approaches and methods  
  2. Evaluate research designs based on a solid understanding of concepts and tools of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodology
  3. Assess the relevance and appropriateness of various research methods to specific research questions
  4. Understand the techniques of various research methods in undertaking fieldwork and data collection
  5. Identify ethical issues that may arise while developing, conducting, and analysing research
  6. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpret research findings  

Indicative Assessment

  1. This course will be graded, with students required to pass each assessment item in order to receive a passing or above mark for the course. (null) [LO null]
  2. In class participation and electronic submission of two questions for each session a day prior to class (10) [LO 4]
  3. Short quantitative research design assignment - 2000 words (25) [LO 5,6]
  4. Research and writing outline for final research design - 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Research design comprising rationale, methodology, ethics, data collection, and data analysis - 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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This course will require 30 hours contact and 130 hours workload in total.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have successfully completed REGN8021 or have a formal exemption from the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Assumed Knowledge


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
4514 24 Jul 2023 04 Aug 2023 04 Aug 2023 22 Sep 2023 In Person View
4691 24 Jul 2023 04 Aug 2023 04 Aug 2023 22 Sep 2023 Online View

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