CRIM 120 - Reseach Methods in Criminology

This course provides an introduction to social science research in the field of Criminology. The student will be encouraged to develop analytical and research skills with a focus on theories of logic and inquiry.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 Lecture Hours: 3) 


Total Weeks:  15





Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Criminal Justice and Scientific Inquiry
- Ethics and Criminal Justice Research
- General Issues in Research Design
- Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement
- Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
- Sampling
- Survey Research and Other Ways of Asking Questions
- Field Research
- Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data
- Evaluation Research and Problem Analysis
- Interpreting Data


Learning Outcomes:
Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

- Describe the scientific nature of research in the social sciences
- Critically and analytically assess existing social science research
- Demonstrate basic social research skill


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.