Criminology Honours Thesis I

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
CRIM 4910
Semester Length
Max Class Size
N/A; independent study with supervisor
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Honours Thesis I provides students with an opportunity to conduct independent research within a specific area of interest in criminology. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will complete a literature review and analysis of published empirical work on their selected topic. Students will be required to submit a paper outlining a summary of the previous literature, and the design for an original research project, which may include a completed research ethics review form.
Course Content

A specific topic area will be agreed upon by the supervisor and student. The student and, if necessary, the supervisor will identify a list of readings for the literature review. The content and design of the research project must be approved by the supervisor and the Research Ethics Board (if necessary).

Learning Activities

Faculty supervised independent research, with supervision provided weekly throughout the semester.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on course objectives. The supervisor will provide the student with clear outcomes depending on the nature of the project.
The following is an example of a possible evaluation scheme:
Literature Review 40%
Research Ethics Board application 20%
Research Proposal 40%

Learning Outcomes

1. To conduct a literature review of the published work in a specific topic area in Criminology.
2. To critically analyze previous work in the topic area and identify potential shortcomings.
3. To develop a testable hypothesis or research question in the area of interest.
4. To design a quantitative or qualitative methodology to test an original hypothesis or research question related to Criminology.
5. To complete a Research Ethics Board application for research involving Human subjects.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

To be determined by the topic and thesis supervisor.



Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology Honours Program or Department permission.



No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CRIM 4910
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CRIM 4XX (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit
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