JST437 Criminological Research (Methods) (8)

This subject proceeds through method and methodological theory and practice in order to elucidate the ethical, political and social concerns of doing criminological research in contemporary society with a focus on qualitative research.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST437. 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



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Studies)(Honours) and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically engage with the methodological approaches used in criminological research
  • be able to critically analyse the relationship between theory and method in criminological research
  • be able to critically engage with the role of ethics in the research process
  • be able to critically analyse the role and influence of official sources of information (such as statistics, government policy, media statements) in criminological research
  • be able to transmit solutions to complex problems encountered in research design


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Investigation of the uses of official sources of information in the production of quantitative and qualitative criminological research
  • Role of the state in the collection and the validation of social science research and statistics, and the practical implications of this role
  • Power: reflexivity, positionalities and the role of social scientists
  • Research design: the development of appropriate research designs considering constraints on the researcher and those being researched
  • Research Methodologies
  • Ethics and moral dilemmas in research
  • Links between theory and methods in the research process

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST437 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Ethics essay or application to hrec
Developing a research proposal
Research proposal presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.