|CRJU 3020||Research Methods in Criminal Justice|
This course provides an introduction to social science research methods as they apply to criminal justice and how to evaluate and conduct research in the study of crime and criminal justice problems. The course introduces students to the tools and vocabulary of the scientific method. Various data collection techniques used in criminological and criminal justice research are explored and critiqued both methodologically and ethically. Students will learn how to critically evaluate the quality of research products and their contribution to the fields of criminal justice and criminology, as well as to learn how to develop and test their own research problems.