SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
CRJU 3100: CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS
Instructor:Sheila M. HussLecture:MW, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Office Hours:MW, 3:45-4:45 PMRoom:Modular Classroom #3
The UC Denver catalog states that this course “…introduces students to the formulation of research questions covering crime and justice, research designs, data collection, and the interpretation and reporting of these data in criminological and justice-system settings. Course content also includes experimental and non-experimental research designs, probability and non-probability sampling techniques, and construction of scales and indexes for research purposes.” I will integrate other aspects of research methods and related topics into the course to provide a broader and more in-depth comprehension of this discipline.
REQUIRED READINGS AND MATERIALS:
Bachman, Ronet & Schutt, Russell. (2012). Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-1-4129-9176-6 (pbk.)
An active UC Denver e-mail account.
Grades for this course will be based on a point system. Specifically, there will be 2 exams, 10 mini-exercises, 12 SPSS homework assignments, and a short outline. Point total for the class is 500. If you keep up with the reading and lecture material and complete the assigned work, you should not have a problem earning a desirable grade. If you are doing these things but struggling, please contact me as soon as possible. I will be happy to work with you.
A more specific breakdown of the grade distribution:
Two (2) exams will be given during the semester, both worth 100 points. The final will focus on the final section of the course, but will be cumulative (i.e., you will need to draw on material from the entire semester to answer at...