• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Law, Social Research, Sociology, Criminology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Evidence-based policy development has emerged as key foundation of private enterprise and public service. Whether you are 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 criminological research design, methods and evidence. An expert opinion or an appeal to “common sense” are often used for the basis of certain believes and behaviours. Experience in policymaking, however, implies that we must rely on evidence derived from robust research for effective and defensible decision-making. Skills in understanding and using research evidence are powerful for the exploration of substantiative research questions in social policy and criminology. Such skills are also 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:

  1. understand the basic principles and practices that underpin social science and criminological research;
  2. understand the problems that arise in real world research on crime and criminal justice topics;
  3. think critically about criminological data and the methodologies used to collate and analyse criminological data;
  4. source data and interpret information ethically and appropriately; and
  5. communicate effectively both orally and in written form.

Work Integrated Learning


CRIM3010, like CRIM2001 provides students with a scaffolded research project, leading to a research report (indicative assessment items 1,2,4 & 5). This integrates project planning and research skills which are transferrable to the workplace.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research proposal and ethics application (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Revised research proposal and ethics application  (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Mid-term quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Research report (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Research reflection (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Online exam (20) [LO 1,2,3]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must have completed either SOCY2038, SOCY2043 or PSYC2009 or with consent of the course convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM2001, SOCY2058 or CRIM6007.

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.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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