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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5022M Researching Crime, Security and Justice

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor Henry Yeomans

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5021M Researching Crime and Justice LAW5306M Researching Security and Justice

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Researching Crime, Security and Justice will introduce students to key methods and methodologies of social research. Students will explore different approaches to empirical research, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, and consider their strengths and weaknesses. They also become familiar with the different stages of the research process and the ethical principles and practices which shape it. As well as introducing students to empirical research methods, the module will give students the skills and knowledge needed to complete basic research projects, including an empirical dissertation.


To introduce students to the practice of empirical research;
To foster a knowledge and understanding of the main methods and methodologies used to research crime, security and justice;
To give students the practical skills needed to conduct basic empirical research projects.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
 A sound knowledge of the main empirical methods and methodologies which underpin research on crime, criminal justice and security;
 An appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches;
 Be able to distinguish the different practical stages of the research process, including data collection, sampling and analysis;
 An awareness of the ethical considerations that impact upon empirical research;
 The research skills needed to complete an empirical dissertation

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
- Used academic skills to demonstrate the various stages of the research process and the factors which shape decisions at each stage;
- Practised technical methodological skills in producing a research proposal;
- Engaged digital skills by working with data and learning to analyse it using it appropriate software.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours64.00
Private study hours212.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/03/2024


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