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LAWS6032: Crime Research and Policy

2024 unit information

This unit provides an examination of research methods in the context of criminology. The relationship between theory and methodology is explored. The production of knowledge about crime is critically assessed. Sources and forms of crime data are discussed and their significance is assessed. Research design, evaluation and analysis are also studied. This is a core unit for students enrolled in the Master of Criminology. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6032
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. promote understanding of the significance of criminological research in the development and evaluation of criminal justice policy and practice
  • LO2. read and critically evaluate crime research methodology and findings and the analysis of crime statistics
  • LO3. encourage students to examine the sources and forms of crime data, informed by an understanding of ethical approaches, theory, and issues in criminological research
  • LO4. understand the appropriate use of various research methods in criminology such as surveys, interviews, observations, quasi-experiments, and the analysis of secondary sources such as crime statistics.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal evening Remote
Intensive September 2022
Block mode Remote
Intensive September 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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