CRJU601-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Research Methods in Criminal Justice

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course provides an introduction to the techniques used in criminal justice research. The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the kinds of research conducted in the criminal justice field, the role of the researcher, general steps in the research process, and research design, statistical analysis and kaupapa Maori research methods. In addition, attention will be given to the ethical issues the researcher must consider when designing research and the process of ethical approval. Finally, the course will explore the application of research findings to real world situations.

CRJU601 will give students a broad and detailed overview of how research in areas of crime and justice is conducted. It will examine the major methodologies, provide insights into policy evaluations, and examine research ethics. It will also look at how research ideas are disseminated in reports and through the media. The course will focus on real projects and be highly practical in nature by providing students with practical skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course each student will be able to:
  •  Critically engage with a range of methods related to criminal justice research, including Kaupapa Māori approaches
  •  Critically examine and interpret criminal justice data
  •  Identify and discuss the most appropriate ethical research practices for particular criminal justice contexts
  •  Critically evaluate existing criminal justice reports, their findings and research methodologies.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Law.

Course Coordinator

Jayson Ware


Assessment for the course will consist of one research essay, one research proposal and other smaller written and oral assessments.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for this course. Readings will be provided.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All CRJU601 Occurrences

  • CRJU601-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023