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CRI2221 Understanding the Social Sciences

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Michael Briody


Research endeavours in the social sciences and humanities take many forms. Characteristic of good research is good research design. By equipping students with the knowledge about the various elements of good research design – connection between theory and research, research questions, data collection and analysis methods – students are better able to understand and identify what constitutes robust and reliable research. Developing this knowledge base is beneficial for students whilst progressing through under-graduate studies and into future careers or further research, as it fosters the ability to critically appraise research merits, as well as the practical application of research in various contexts.

Every day we are presented with or exposed to research findings of some kind. It features in news media, political campaigns, marketing schemes, and scholarly articles, to name a few. Making sense of research and understanding how it contributes to the development of policy and practice is essential for any budding researcher, practitioner or student. This course adopts an interactive and practical approach to introduce students to different types of research, research methods, analysis, reporting, and ethical considerations. Students will also examine why this is central to assessing the value of research. This course has been designed to provide students with an interactive learning experience to consolidate the theoretical and conceptual principles being taught, through practical application in a criminological interest research project.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify and discuss the difference between research types and apply the appropriate type in research projects;
  2. explain the importance and centrality of theory in research and apply the appropriate theory in research;
  3. apply fundamental research concepts to a research project;
  4. work collaboratively with others in designing a research project;
  5. apply key elements of the research process and articulate why these are important in assessing research merits;
  6. identify and explain ethical considerations in research and ways to mitigate research risks.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Course introduction to understanding the social sciences 10.00
2. Designing research 15.00
3. Conducting research 25.00
4. Analysis in research 20.00
5. Reporting research 20.00
6. Research illustrated 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Gilbert, N., & Stoneman, P 2016, Researching social life, 4th edn, Sage Publications Ltd, London.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 25 1,2
Assignments Written Research (project) No 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Quiz No 35 1,2,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022