4 x 1-hour seminars per semester
1 Admission into HBCRIM-Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)
1a Admission into HBLS-Bachelor of Law and Society (Honours)
1b Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
1c Admission into BCRIMH-Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CRIM7200, CRIM7200A, CRIM7200B has been successfully completed
Oral, Thesis
Topic description
With the guidance of a supervisor, students will devise a thesis proposal and execute this proposal by conducting research and writing a thesis of not more than 20,000 words, and this topic contributes to the completion of this thesis. The thesis may be a critical survey of existing knowledge or the exploration of a particular area that requires the student to conduct their own research. In both cases the study should make an original contribution to the subject of criminological or socio-legal inquiry. The completed thesis should demonstrate the student's ability to collect and evaluate information; to test and defend an argument or thesis; and to examine critically the major theories in the area of enquiry.
Educational aims
The aim of the thesis is to offer Honours students the possibility to develop a comprehensive discussion on current issues in criminology or socio-legal studies in an independent manner, making use of the knowledge and academic skills acquired during the degree programme.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • Identify, comprehend and analyse a criminological or socio-legal problem

  • Define the criminological or socio-legal problem in an appropriately circumscribed way

  • Read and reflect critically, contextually and independently upon criminological and socio-legal literature

  • Design and present a piece of criminological or socio-legal research, to include:

    (a) Locating the project in its theoretical and empirical context

    (b) Identifying, justifying and using an appropriate methodology in tackling the research question identified

    (c) Showing some awareness of alternative strategies that could have been used to address the research question

    (d) Critically examining their own findings and drawing sensible conclusions from their findings

    (e) Identifying how their work might move forward by suggesting new lines of investigation

    (f) Giving clear expression to their ideas and structuring their argument in a logical and academic fashion