CRIM 315: Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology

CRIM 315-DL3: Research Methods/Analysis Crim
(Spring 2024)


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Section Information for Spring 2024

In this course, students will learn about keys concepts and skills required for studying topics of interest in criminology and criminal justice. I hope to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of research design, data collection methods, and statistical analysis techniques to pursue their own research interests. Throughout the semester, students will explore the intricacies of formulating research questions that address pressing issues in policing, courts, and correctional systems. The course emphasizes the importance of ethical considerations in research, guiding students to conduct studies with integrity and sensitivity to the human subjects they are investigating. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of research methodologies in the context of criminology and criminal justice.
  2. Gain proficiency in designing research studies appropriate for criminology and criminal justice research questions.
  3. Explore a wide range of data collection techniques, including surveys, interviews, observations, and content analysis.
  4. Acquire the skills to interpret research data using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  5. Develop the ability to critically evaluate and assess the quality of social research studies. 

CRIM 315 DL3 is an online asynchronous section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Provides an introduction to research design, methods, and analysis in the field of criminology. Students learn to understand, interpret, and critique quantitative and qualitative research approaches, and become intelligent consumers of research. Notes: This course does not meet the College's IT requirements. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Mason Impact.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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