JST439 Criminology Honours Dissertation Full-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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST439. 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

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

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST439 in Session 2 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).

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