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CJM5050 - Criminal Justice Dissertation

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Jude McCulloch


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Evening)


This unit requires students to engage in a significant piece of reading and research and write a dissertation of 18,000 words on a topic of their choosing in consultation with their assigned supervisor who is a member of academic staff.


Upon completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Review a specific body of research in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology and demonstrate a command of that literature.
  2. Identify and develop key research questions.
  3. Develop and implement an empirical research project in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
  4. Critically investigate a key issue in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
  5. Critically write up research findings.
  6. Construct a critical argument that is sustained by empirical data.
  7. Construct a cumulative argument across an 18,000 word research project.
  8. Undertake independent research with supervisory consultation.


18,000 word dissertation: 100%

Contact hours

regular supervisory meetings


High credit average in 48 points at 4th level taken as part of the Master of Criminal Justice program