Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This is the second in a sequence of two subjects that together constitute the thesis component of the Criminology Honours Program. The subject is available to students who are enrolled in the Criminology Honours program on either a full-time or part time basis. Working under the supervision of a staff member, students are required to design, research and produce a 12,000-15,000 word thesis on an approved topic. The thesis demonstrates students' capacity to make an original contribution to their chosen discipline. Students must also attend the Honours seminar series which is designed to support and further develop students' research skills. Students are required to present a report on their research during the seminar series.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar participation, discussions with supervisor; recommended reading.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into LHCRI; LCR4THA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate highly developed writing and editing skills.
02. Design, with supervision, a research project, including the formulation of research questions and the selection of an appropriate methodology, in respect to a specific topic within Criminology
03. Provide a coherent and incisive account of the significance, nature and progress and/or outcomes of your thesis research
04. Locate and utilise primary and secondary resources of relevance to the thesis topic
05. Produce a sustained, well substantiated and theoretically informed analysis of the thesis topic

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Class requirements

Supervisor ConsultationWeek: 10 - 22
One 0.50 hour supervisor consultation other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Times arranged between student and supervisor.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Oral presentation on thesis (equivalent 1,000 words).

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo5 SILO3

12,000-15,000 word thesis. The completed thesis will be submitted and examined by two staff members in the discipline who will each write a report and agree on a mark.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo95 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5