• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Meredith Rossner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and synthesise relevant theoretical and empirical literature in a chosen area of research;
  2. examine and critique the key methodological issues in criminological research;
  3. develop an informed argument about methodological approaches in criminological research; and
  4. communicate arguments about theory and research to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Other Information

The research essay can be adapted to contribute to portions of the students Honours Thesis (THES4103).

Indicative Assessment

  1. participation in seminar discussions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Written reflection on methodology (700 words) (15) [LO 2,3]
  3. Visual/Oral Presentations at honours mini-conference (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research essay encompassing relevant theory, research, and methodology (4000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Criminology Honours (HCRIM), Bachelor of International Relations Honours (HIR), Bachelor of Music Honours (HMUSI), Bachelor of Political Science Honours (HPLSC), Bachelor of Policy Studies (HPOLS) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM8001.

Prescribed Texts

Crotty, Michael. The foundations of social research: Meaning and perspective in the research process. Sage, 1998.

Preliminary Reading

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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2882 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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