CRITICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH
Credit points: 15
In a 'post-truth' world, how do know what knowledge we can trust? And why do academic research articles often seem so overly technical, and sometimes even quite boring to read? This subject introduces students to research methods in criminology. It explores how to critically read academic research papers, and how to design a research project and write a research proposal. It shows how different approaches to research design lead to different kinds of knowledge, and how theoretical frameworks are linked to research methods. A key issue is how the choice of research method is both influenced by underlying assumptions about truth and knowledge, and how this shapes academic disciplines by determining what kinds of research design are acceptable in given fields. Here we explore the underlying differences between qualitative and quantitative approaches research, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. We then explore several qualitative approaches in more depth, and students have an opportunity to create their own original research proposal, selecting a question of interest and developing an appropriate research design for answering it.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, readings, library research. Literature review assignment. Discussion activities. Research design assignment.
Prerequisites 30 credit points of second level LST or CRI, or subject coordinator's approval
Quota Management StrategyN/A
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Special conditionsStudent seeking to undertake Honours in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies should complete either this subject or LST3SLR
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Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Outline of research question (200 words)
Literature review (1000 words)
Research design (800 words)
Research proposal (2000)
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