Minor Thesis - Criminology

Subject CRIM90005 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Formal contact hours are to be negotiated with the student's individual supervisor. It is expected that students will meet with their supervisors at least fortnightly over two consecutive semesters of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment: Not available



Students enrolled in CRIM90005 Minor Thesis - Criminology must also enrol in February Intensive subject POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects:

191-528 Minor Thesis - Criminology

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Students undertaking the criminology masters minor-thesis option 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. Students must be able to work in a concentrated way over an extended period of two semesters and must present their research in a scholarly fashion.

  • understand the process of research, including compliance with any ethical requirement of the university concerning research.
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the criminological literature relevant to their research.
  • be able to integrate theory and method in a logical manner.

A thesis of 12,000 words (100%) due at the end of the second semester of enrolment.

Hurdle Requirements - The following hurdle requirements must be met in order for students to be eligible to submit the final Thesis:

1. Supervision: Regular supervisory meetings

2. Topic Proposal Form: To be submitted by the first week of the Semester of thesis enrolment

3. Progress Report: To be submitted half way through the thesis year

4. Work-in-Progress Conference: Students are required to present a 10 minute paper on their findings-to-date

5. Thesis Draft: A full draft of the thesis is to be submitted approximately 5 weeks prior to the final thesis submission date.

Final theses submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Have an advanced understanding of the relevant knowledge base in the specialist area.
  • have the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the specialist area.
  • have well-developed problem-solving skills in the specialist area.
  • have significant capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations.
  • have a capacity to engage, where appropriate, with issues in contemporary society.

CRIM90005 Minor Thesis - Criminology is available to students enrolled in the 100 point program of the Master of Criminology. Students are required to submit a 300 word thesis proposal for approval by the course coordinator prior to the semester of enrolment in the thesis.

CRIM90005 Minor Thesis - Criminology is also available to students enrolled in the final 100 points in the 200 point program of the Master of Criminology. To be eligible to enrol in the thesis, students must have completed at least 37.5 points of core subjects within the program, with an average of H1 (80%) and have submitted a 300 word thesis proposal for approval by the course coordinator prior to the semester of enrolment in the thesis. Students enrolled in CRIM90005 must also complete POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (Feb intensive).

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