JST445 Criminology Honours Dissertation Part-time (32)

Students undertaking the criminology honours dissertation should demonstrate a clear understanding of a specific field of study at an advanced level. They should demonstrate clear thinking and an ability to integrate theory and method in a logical manner. The student must be able to work in a concentrated way over an extended period and must present their research in a scholarly fashion. The dissertation should demonstrate the student's capacity to assemble material, argue a case at an advanced level, and demonstrate critical thinking and interpretive judgement in developing new understanding in the field of criminal justice. This subject requires students to engage in research and submit a 15000 word dissertation.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST445. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



On campus: 1 session distance education: 2 sessions


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Limited to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Studies) (Honours) and Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours). Not available to students who have completed JST439.

Assumed Knowledge
JST436 and JST437

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conduct research in an area of criminological concern
  • be able to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas in a chosen area of research
  • be able to critically use theory in the development of an individual research dissertation
  • be able to plan and execute an appropriate research design
  • be able to develop an appropriate bibliography
  • be able to present an individual research dissertation in a scholarly manner


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Production of a research dissertation including: literature and research design, data collection, thematic coding and analysis, drawing conclusions from data analysis, identifying possible application of research findings to policy development and future research


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.