Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof. David Baker; Dr Alistair Harkness


Previously coded CJM5050A


This unit requires students to engage in a significant piece of reading and research and write a dissertation of 18,000 words on a topic of their choosing in consultation with their assigned supervisor who is a member of academic staff.


Upon completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Review a specific body of research in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology and demonstrate a command of that literature
  2. Identify and develop key research questions
  3. Develop and implement an empirical research project in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  4. Critically investigate a key issue in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  5. Critically write up research findings.6. Construct a critical argument that is sustained by empirical data
  6. Construct a cumulative argument across an 18,000 word research project
  7. Undertake independent research with supervisory consultation.


Written work 70%
Seminar presentation 30%

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