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This course provides an introduction to the techniques used in criminal justice research. The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the kinds of research conducted in the criminal justice field, the role of the researcher, general steps in the research process, and research design, statistical analysis and kaupapa Maori research methods. In addition, attention will be given to the ethical issues the researcher must consider when designing research and the process of ethical approval. Finally, the course will explore the application of research findings to real world situations.
CRJU601 will give students a broad and detailed overview of how research in areas of crime and justice is conducted. It will examine the major methodologies, provide insights into policy evaluations, and examine research ethics. It will also look at how research ideas are disseminated in reports and through the media. The course will focus on real projects and be highly practical in nature by providing students with practical skills.
At the end of this course each student will be able to: Critically engage with a range of methods related to criminal justice research, including Kaupapa Māori approaches Critically examine and interpret criminal justice data Identify and discuss the most appropriate ethical research practices for particular criminal justice contexts Critically evaluate existing criminal justice reports, their findings and research methodologies.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Law.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Assessment for the course will consist of two large research essays and other smaller written and oral assessments.
There is no textbook for this course. Readings will be provided.
Domestic fee $1,884.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Law.