Criminological Research Methods

Module code: CR7146 (double module)

This module will provide a comprehensive grounding in the research methodologies employed in criminological research. In this module you will examine the advantages and disadvantages of using different research designs and data collection techniques for criminological research. We will introduce the main epistemological and ontological approaches used in criminological research. You will be coached in using a statistical software package for numerical analysis as well as learning about a range of methods across the traditions which are at the disposal of researchers. You will then go onto to use this knowledge to develop a research proposal which presents an effective, justified research design in response to a relevant criminological research problem, whilst considering the ethical implications of criminological research as a whole.

Learning

  • 40 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 244 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Qualitative analysis assessment (30%)
  • Quantitative analysis assessment (30%)
  • Research proposal (40%)