The individual dissertation is a component of the curriculum designed to foster independent research for full-time students. Consequently, in addition to successfully completing eight taught courses, candidates must write a dissertation not exceeding 20,000 words on an approved topic.
A dissertation topic is selected by the end of the first semester in the current academic year. The dissertation is prepared under the direction of a supervisor appointed by the Department. The final title of the dissertation shall be submitted for approval not later than March 31 of the same academic year and dissertation shall be presented not later than June 30 of the same academic year.
Course co-ordinator and teachers
Karen A Joe LaidlerProfessor/Deputy HeadResearch interests: Race and crime, Gender, Gangs and delinquency, Drugs
Paul JoosseAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Social theory, Criminology, Terrorism, Religion, Social movements
Julie HamAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Gender and migration, Sex work, Trafficking, Intersectionality, Domestic work, Civil society, Social justice
Maggy S Y LeeProfessorResearch interests: Transnational migration and cities, Criminology of mobilities, Crime and incivilities, Youth and ethnicity
Cho Li-FungLecturerResearch interests: Investigative journalism, Role of the state in transitional societies, Media corruption, Media and culture, Media and crime
Samson ChanHonorary LecturerResearch interests: Penology, Offender rehabilitation, Punishment, Criminal justice systems, Law enforcement training, Firearms and use of force
Kalwan M T KwanHonorary LecturerResearch interests: Crime, Drugs, Juvenile delinquency, Prison management, Policing, Criminal justice
Wang PengAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Crime and anti-crime, Corruption and anti-corruption, Policing, Bureaucracy and governance, Economic sociology, Law and society, China studies