CRIM 4002 - Honours Criminology Research Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This seminar builds on knowledge gained at undergraduate level about the principles, processes and practices of social research. It aims to deepen student's understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical aspects of social research, and to prepare graduate students for fieldwork. A selection of topics has been chosen that cover major social research methods. The course will provide students with an understanding of the practical aspects of doing social research from writing a literature review to preparing a research proposal, choosing a research method and writing up a thesis, as well as allowing an opportunity for students to critically discuss the data collection/generation process, subjectivity and reflexivity, and the conduct of ethical behaviour from recruitment to representation of research participants.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRIM 4002
    Course Honours Criminology Research Methods
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit Major in Criminology or Bachelor of Criminology at a Distinction average or equivalent as determined by Honours Coordinator/Department Committee
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours Program
    Assessment Literature Review (3000 words) 30%, Comparative Essay (3000 words) 40%, Pre-Seminar Quizzes/Discussion Posts 20%, Participation 10%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify the main research designs, theories, methods and forms of analysis used in the social sciences.
    2. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyse and synthesise literature related to a research question.
    3. Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to formulate viable research questions.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to undertake the range of tasks necessary to completing a research project.
    5. Identify and engage with the range of ethical issues involved in the conduct of a research project.
    6. Show an understanding of cross cultural contexts and the nuances/implications of cross cultural research.
    7. Demonstrate skills in using online data bases and software.
    8. Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 2 hour lectures (includes small group work and seminar discussion 20

    TOTAL = 20

    13 hours reading per week 130 hours per semester
    8.1 hours research per week 81 hours per semester
    8.1 hours assignment preparation per week 81 hours per semester

    TOTAL =312
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Literature Review (30%)
    Comparative essay  (40%)
    Pre-seminar quizzes/discussion posts (20%)
    Participation (10%)
    Assessment Detail
    Literature review - 3000 word essay (30%)
    Comparative essay - 3000 words (40%)
    Pre-seminar quizzes/discussion posts (20%)
    Seminar participation (10%)

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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