Faculty of Arts

CRIM 700

Research in Criminology

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for CRIM 700.


This course begins by examining the overarching logics and foundations that shape research processes. It then explores some of the major principles of research design before discussing particular methods of research. The course covers content analysis, discourse analysis, the use of observations and documents/found sources and ethnography. These methods are frequently employed in the field of criminology and related disciplines, and have the additional virtue of being useable with minimal financial expenditure. Students will be expected to complete a small research project based upon unobtrusive methods.

Course objectives:

By the end of this course, a student should:

  • Understand various methods through examples of their application
  • Be confident and prepared to utilise methods in creative ways
  • Possess the ability to develop research methods to investigate criminological problems that possess access issues
  • Understand how research methods are directly related to the conclusions that one can make
  • Understand how research methods are directly related to the types of questions one can pose and styles of argumentation

To achieve the course objectives listed above you will need to:

  • Attend each weekly class
  • Read and understand each assigned reading
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Submit a brief research proposal
  • Write one methodological critique
  • Give a 20 minute presentation on your research
  • Write up a brief research project

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Ronald Kramer


CRIM 700: 30.0 points

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