Criminology Honours Seminar

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
CRIM 4900
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This seminar is designed for students who wish to complete an honours degree and/or attend graduate school. Topics include developing research topics, ethics, graduate school applications, and the peer review process. Students will have the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their Honours Thesis proposal.
Course Content

1. Preparing for graduate school.

2. Applying for research funding (e.g. NSERC and SSHRC).

3. Evaluating and selecting graduate programs.

4. Applying for graduate school.

5. Learning to generate and evaluate research questions.

6. Learning to write a literature review.

7. Planning and writing a research study.

8. Understanding the American Psychological Association guidelines for scholarly papers.

9. Evaluating Criminology papers.

10. Understanding ethics in research and writing.

11. Presenting research through conferences and publications.

Learning Activities

Methods of Instruction:



group discussions

guest lectures

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Criminology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Draft ethics proposal 20%

Attendance at academic talks or seminars 10%

Critical analyses of research papers 30%

Presentation of research proposal 30%

Class participation 10%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

1. Conduct a comprehensive literature review in relation to a research question or questions.

2. Explain the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

3. Construct an ethics proposal for the Douglas College Ethics Board.

4. Critically analyze and discuss a piece of academic work.

5. Provide constructive feedback on the academic work of others.

6. Demonstrate understanding of the application procedures for graduate school.

7. Identify the differences between graduate schools/programs in Criminology and related disciplines.

8. Establish ability to participate in the peer review process, including papers, posters and conference presentations.

9. Use visual aids, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, to communicate ideas in a professional manner.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and/or Journal Articles such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

McShane, M., and Williams, F. (2008). A thesis resource guide for criminology and criminal justice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education

Evans, D., Gruba, P., and Zobel, J. (2014). How to write a better thesis. Cham: Springer.

Smith, K., Todd, M., and Waldman, J. (2009). Doing your undergraduate social science dissertation. New York: Routledge.

Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory: A practical guide through qualitative analysis. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.

Birks, M., and Mills, J. (2011). Grounded theory: A practical guide. Los Angeles, Calif: Sage.

Thiele, L. (2002). Making social science matter: Why social inquiry fails and how it can succeed again. The Journal of Politics, 64(1), 274-276. doi:10.1086/jop.64.1.2691680.



Admission to BAACRIM Honours Program or Department permission


CRIM 4910 (Honours Thesis I)


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CRIM 4900
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CRIM 4XX (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CRIM 4XXX (3)
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENS 4XX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW CRIM 4XX (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 4XX (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023