CRIME AND SOCIO-LEGAL RESEARCH

LST3SLR

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students become familiar with the basic principles and tools used to plan and carry out research focused on Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies and Politics. Objectives include: Learning what makes socio-legal, criminological and political research distinctive; how to write research proposals; how to create a literature review; how to critique scholarly work; how to create and develop an original argument; and how to select suitable research methods to test it (including a selection of qualitative and quantitative research methods typically used in socio-legal, criminological and political inquiry). Examples used in class cover Australia and other regions in the world, including the U.S. and Latin America.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of level 2 LST, LCR or LAW subjects and 30 credit points of Humanities and Social Sciences or Law subjects or subject coordinators approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LST3RML, LST2RML, LST2SLR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Formulate original research questions, define research topics, identify basic and create an original research question

Activities:
Discussion with students in the one-hour tutorials about their research questions and/or research topics. Assessment via research proposal, critical essays and research plan.

02. Identify and critique the distinctive features of socio-legal, criminological, and political research

Activities:
In-class discussion about socio-legal, criminological, and political research designs, and critiquing research designs carried out in published and unpublished works. Assessment via research proposal and research plan.

03. Understand different research methods, assess their relative merit, and identify the most suitable for their research plan

Activities:
Practical discussions about a selection of quantitative and qualitative methods, plus tutorials with supervised exercises to learn the foundations of the methods. Assessment via review essays and research plan.

04. Critique sophisticated scholarly work and write a comprehensive literature review

Activities:
Detailed lecture on how to develop an original literature review, and special sessions on how to find, compile and analyze relevant literature. Assessment via review essays and research plan.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word research proposalResearch proposal about topic, research questions and hypotheses/argument25 01, 04
One 1000-word review essayCritiquing a research paper and completing a literature review exercise25 02, 04
One 2,000-word research planThe Research plan includes a summary of theory, literature review and research strategy50 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word research proposalResearch proposal about topic, research questions and hypotheses/argument25 01, 04
One 1000-word review essayCritiquing a research paper and completing a literature review exercise25 02, 04
One 2,000-word research planThe Research plan includes a summary of theory, literature review and research strategy50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word research proposalResearch proposal about topic, research questions and hypotheses/argument25 01, 04
One 1000-word review essayCritiquing a research paper and completing a literature review exercise25 02, 04
One 2,000-word research planThe Research plan includes a summary of theory, literature review and research strategy50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word research proposalResearch proposal about topic, research questions and hypotheses/argument25 01, 04
One 1000-word review essayCritiquing a research paper and completing a literature review exercise25 02, 04
One 2,000-word research planThe Research plan includes a summary of theory, literature review and research strategy50 01, 02, 03, 04