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Criminology (CRIM)

CRIM 250W (CRIMJ 250W) Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3) Fundamental concepts of social science research including design, measurement, sampling, and interpretation of the study of crime, law, and justice.

CRIM 250W Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)

 The purpose of this writing-intensive course is to provide an introduction to the research process in crime, law and justice through lecture, discussions, readings, examinations, exercises, and an empirical research paper. After completion of this course, students will know about and be able to do the following: (1) Know about ethical issues in social science research and understand the role of the Human Subjects Review Board. (2) Construct a testable hypothesis based on theory and previous research. (3) Read a published research article and identify the research problem/hypotheses, how the data were gathered to test the hypotheses, and major findings from the research. (4) Describe types of probability and non-probability sampling. (5) Know the criteria for causality and the difficulties involved with determining causality. (6) Since survey methods are the most frequently used data gathering methods, students will learn about survey data gathering techniques, measurement issues and response rates. (7) Read contingency tables and understand statistical significance. (8) Understand non-survey research techniques including field research, experiments, focus groups and content analysis. Students are required to write a research paper or proposal demonstrating their competencies in the above areas. Written work is produced in drafts that receive feedback from the instructor at key junctures in the course.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: CRIM 012

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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