Subject details

This subject is designed to expose students to the key issues, concepts and topics related to methodologies used criminal justice and criminological research. This subject has three key aims:

  1. To provide students with an understanding of the key concepts related to criminological and criminal justice research.
  2. To develop in students their ability to connect criminological and criminal justice research to social policy.
  3. To enhance students' critical thinking skills when evaluating empirical knowledge produced from criminological and criminal justice studies.
    • Why Study Research Methods?
    • Identifying a Topic, Purpose, and Research Question
    • Conducting a Literature Review
    • Concepts, Conceptualization, Operationalization, Measurement, Variables, and Data
    • Sampling
    • Research Using Qualitative Data
    • Survey Research
    • Experimental Research
    • Research Using Secondary Data
    • GIS and Crime Mapping
    • Evaluation Research
    • Analysis and Findings
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is intended as an introduction to research in criminal justice and criminology. Some of the students taking the subject will likely enter professions in criminal justice and some may move into more research-oriented professions in criminology. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the research methodologies used in the criminal justice and criminological literature. Students begin by learning the logic of research methodology in the social sciences and then learn how researchers in criminology carry out research projects.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the subject offering.

  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Weekly Activity Log (20%)
  • Application Exercises (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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