Scientific Method and Criminal Justice

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|[pic] |Course Syllabus | | |College of Criminal Justice and Security | | |CJA/334 Version 3 | | |Research Methods in Criminal Justice |

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Course Description

Students learn and demonstrate knowledge of research methodology within the criminal justice system and become acquainted with the range and scope of quantitative and qualitative tools available to the criminal justice researcher.

Policies

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Course Materials

Bennett, J. O., Briggs, W. L., & Triola, M. F. (2009). Statistical reasoning for everyday life (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Addison Wesley.

Hagan, F. E. (2010). Research methods in criminal justice and criminology (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Software

Students must have the plug-ins required to run MyStatsLab®. Instructions for performing this browser check, and downloading and installing the most current requirements are available on MyStatsLab® and on the Using MyStatsLab® supplement on the student website.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

|Week One: Introduction to Research in Criminal Justice | | |Details |Due |Points | |Objectives |Explore the scientific approach to criminal justice research. | | | | |Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research. | | | | |Differentiate between pure and applied research. | | | | |Specify the various functions of the research process. | | | | |Summarize the meaning of research ethics and examine the codes of ethics in criminal justice | | | | |research. | | | | |Assess the nature and diversity of ethical dilemmas in criminological research. | | | | |Explore the meaning of statistics and the basic ideas behind any statistical study. | | | |Readings |Read Ch.1 & 2 of Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology. | | | | |Read Ch 1 of...
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