CRIM 4003 - Honours Criminology Thesis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code CRIM 4003 Course Honours Criminology Thesis Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact 1 hour 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 Course Description In this course, Honours students will have the opportunity to undertake an original and independent research project of their own choice. They will produce a written thesis (12,000-15,000 words) that will document their research project and its findings. Students will be paired with an academic supervisor to provide guidance and assistance with the development of the research topic and questions, and provide regular feedback and support for students. Undertaking such an independent project allows for the development of a range of advanced academic and research skills for example, analysis, synthesis of diverse forms of evidence, project management, critical thinking and extended form writing.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Russell Brewer
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Course Learning Outcomes1. To develop the capacity to be able to articulate an appropriate and achievable research project for the Honours program in Criminology;
2. identify and locate relevant material and literature on the topic;
3. identify key theoretical and conceptual works in Criminology in order to critically analyse the topic or issue; and
4. develop the skill of articulating a clear, substantiated and theoretically-informed argument in the dissertation;
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, 3, 4 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
2, 3, 4 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
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 4 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
1, 4 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
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.WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING
5 x 2 hour Workshops 10 for semester 2
14 x 1 hour supervision sessions 15 across semesters 1 and 2
TOTAL = 24
WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
8 hours reading per week 192 hours across semesters 1 and 2
9 hours research per week 216 hours across semesters 1 and 2
8 hours assignment preparation per week 192 hours across semesters 1 and 2
Learning Activities Summary
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Assessment SummaryThesis - 12-15,000 word dissertation (100%)
Assessment DetailThesis - 12-15,000 word dissertation (100%)
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported 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
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