Criminology and Sociology Internship

Subject CRIM90006 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three 1-hour seminars are scheduled in Semester 1, and a full day seminar is scheduled in Semester 2. Hours to be determined in consultation with the host organisation and program staff.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Students are required to apply for an internship placement in the semester prior to enrolment. Application form: (Honours students) (Masters students)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr. Lea Campbell:

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to provide students with hands-on professional writing and research experience in the context of the everyday operations of a social/criminal justice or community-based agency. The internship takes place over two semesters and constitutes a structured and supervised student research consultancy rather than work experience. It provides students with the opportunity to employ formal research skills such as reviewing literature, collecting and analysing data and writing reports or portfolios. It also enables students to appreciate the relationship between criminological or sociological theory and practice, explore the criminological and sociological significance of social categories (such as gender or ethnicity), enhance skills of listening, observation, and cooperation and form relevant professional contacts.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have an advanced understanding of the relevant knowledge base in the specialist area of the placement agency;
  • have the ability to evaluate and synthesize the research and professional literature in this specialist area;
  • have a developed understanding of skills needed to negotiate a research project or portfolio work in a professional context;
  • have a developing appreciation of how to operate professionally in the workplace (eg. improve one's employability and communication skills).

A research report or portfolio of 8000 words (80%) and a reflective essay of 2000 words (20%) due at the end of the second semester of study.

Hurdle Requirement: A mid-semester progress report, a supervisor's assessment report, and a 15-minute oral presentation (scheduled in the second semester of study) will constitute the hurdle requirements for this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject handbook will be available in the first seminar.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.

Students wishing to take CRIM90006 Criminology and Sociology Internship must enrol in this subject across two consecutive semesters.

Students must lodge their intention to enrol in the Criminology and Sociology Internship to the subject coordinator during the semester prior to enrolment by completing an online application form: (Honours students) (Masters students)

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Criminology
150 Point Master of Criminology
200 Point Master of Criminology
Socio-Legal Studies

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