Criminology, Law and Society Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Core Knowledge

Students should know the:

  • Multiple intellectual roots and contemporary expressions of the law and society field
  • Development of criminological theory from its precursors to its present
  • Implications of criminological and socio-legal theories for social action and public policy
  • Issues related to the etiology of crime, the impacts of crime on society, and the social and cultural context of law
  • Relationship between social regulations and the civil justice system
  • Relationships and interactions between law, social structure, and cultural practices

PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis

Students should be able to:

  • Frame an empirical research question guided by theory
  • Be familiar with the range of research methodologies used by social scientists, including inductive and deductive methods
  • Examine the strengths and limitations of different research methodologies
  • Carry out methodologically sound research
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO 3. Independent Research

Students should be able to:

  • Develop area or areas of research specialization
  • Produce scholarship that will typically be comparable in scope and format to articles that appear in leading journals within the field of criminology, and law and society 
  • Develop their own research, in accordance with the standards of rigor in the field 
  • Work collaboratively with other researchers and interlocutors 
  • Supervise research assistants or student research projects 

PLO 4. Pedagogy

Students should be able to:

  • Draw on a range of pedagogical techniques, including, where appropriateon-line teaching
  • Address common classroom challenges 
  • Design lessons and assignments o Lead discussions o Respond to diverse student learning needs 
  • Effectively assess student work 
  • Teach collaboratively
  • Mentor students

PLO 5. Scholarly Communication

Students should be able to:

  • Produce writing appropriate for scholarly publication
  • Structure an argument 
  • Review and cogently summarize relevant literatures 
  • Adopt an individual, authorial voice 
  • Organize and present research orally
  • Use visual aids effectively during presentations

PLO 6. Professionalism

Students should be able to:

  • Contribute to the profession, department, and university through service 
  • Publish their work 
  • Communicate with policy audiences 
  • Develop professional networks
  • Present their work publicly 
  • Carry out research responsibly
  • Collaborate with others 
  • Participate in conferences
  • Edit and evaluate others’ work 
  • Secure an academic or non-academic position in the profession 
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate norms of academic collegiality

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