BCJ 470 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

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BCJ 470 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

3 Semester Units

Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology provides an introduction to the techniques used in criminal justice research. The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the kinds of research conducted in the criminal justice field, the role of the researcher, general steps in the research process, and research design and statistical analysis. In addition, attention will be given to the ethical issues the researcher must consider when designing research. Finally, the course will explore the application of research findings to real world situations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess the research process including the various types of research utilized in the criminal justice field.
  • Differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Examine the role of the researcher in criminal justice research.
  • Contemplate the ethical research principles to consider when conducting research in the criminal justice field.
  • Analyze the role of surveys, participant observations, case studies, and unobtrusive measures in conducting research in the criminal justice field.
  • Comprehend the various methods of statistical analyses used in criminal justice research.
  • Consider the application of research findings to the criminal justice field.

 

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