CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
S2E 2010 PE
Adjunct Faculty of Criminal Justice
MA, Social Ecology, UC Irvine, 2007BA, Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, American University, 2003
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Hagan, F. E.
(2010). Research methods
in criminal justice and criminology (8th
edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Additional readings may be assigned as appropriate (see
course schedule below).
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Educational Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is one of learning through a wide variety of activities, including lectures, readings, group activities, movies, writing, and more. I work with my students to
create a safe and supportive learning environment that allows for an open and
respectful discussion of ideas.
I also hope to bring in
activities to the classroom that will bring course content to life.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
For CJ 430, all students will complete a research proposal that examines the following seven basic topical issues relating to the study of research methods in criminal justice:
1. What are the major differences between the scientific approach and the human inquiry approach to causal and probabilistic reasoning?
2. What are the major ethical considerations and issues in research and what methods are used to address these?
3. What are the various levels of measurement and the key standards for measuring validity and reliability?
4. What are the major methods of collecting data and the importance of the type of research in dictating decisions of data collection?
5. What are the major differences and usages of statistics and types of data in the various research reports and evaluations?
6. What are the characteristics and differences between quantitative and qualitative data as they apply to field research?
7. What are the different techniques and options available for collecting and recording field observations?
The research proposal will address and equitably treat each of the seven topical areas. The issues and researched material should be integrated to provide a consolidated examination of the fundamental process of research in the criminal justice field. The research proposal should contain the following technical components:
1. A cover or title page.
2. A body of text, 10 – 12 typed, double-spaced pages (2,500 to 3,000 words) in length.
3. A reference page containing a minimum of 10 course-external resources.
4. Written in APA Style.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Along with attending and
participating in class and reading the required material, the following
constitute course requirements:
1. Draft paper sections (60% of your grade). Throughout the quarter, drafts/sections
of your paper will be due. Each
draft will cover specific sections of the final paper and will provide a means
of staying on top of the final project.
2. Final project (40% of your grade). The final project is a research proposal
that describes your research question, the relevant literature, and a possible
method for answering the research question.
3. Worth your while (extra credit opportunities worth up to 5
points). It is fairly common for students to ask intriguing questions
during class discussion. Sometimes
these questions stump the professor and sometimes the professor feels it would
be interesting for you to find the answer yourself. In these instances, it would be worth your while to find the correct answer. Each correct answer must be submitted
at the beginning of the following class and include: 1) Your name and ID #; 2)
The WYW question; 3) The answer; and 4) The source (Wikipedia does not
count). Each correct submission is
worth 1 point.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Draft sections submitted late will lose 2 points for each day it is late. Submissions that are more than a week late will result in not be accepted and will earn 0 points. A final paper submitted late will loose 11 points for each day it is late, but will not be accepted after Saturday night.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This is a Park University class and, as with all Park classes, students are expected to abide by the student code of conduct and as well as the most basic rules of etiquette, including: getting to class on time and coming prepared to work; turning off all electronic devices other than a laptop computer; not talking during lectures; and remaining respectful of diverse views when engaging in classroom debate. All views are allowed and, indeed, welcomed but expressing them in a respectful way is required. Reasonable people can disagree, but the disagreement needs to be expressed in ways that are conducive to the free exchange of ideas and attendant to productive dialogue.
Suggestions. We will
be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time and it is often easy to
lose track of the weeks. Although
it is not required, you are encouraged to do the following in an effort to
enhance your experience in this course:
Get acquainted with one another and form study groups. Engage
in collaborative learning. Studies show that students who engage in
collaborative learning tend to have a better educational experience.
Contact and consult with the Professor as often as is
necessary to do well in this course. Do not wait until problems are irreparable
or concerns are outdated to seek assistance. If you need assistance, ask for
it. If you ask for it, you’ll get it. Please be aware, however, that it is important that you contact the professor in a timely manner and allow up to 24 hours of response time. The best way to contact the professor is to either e-mail or meet with the professor in person.
The outline below indicates
what we will be doing and when we will be doing it. Due dates and topics are
not chiseled in stone; all topics and dates are tentative and subject to
change. If changes are made, they will be announced in class and/or over
March 16: Introduction to
A. Introduction to the instructor
B. Developing an agreed upon set of rules that will apply
to class discussions. These rules
be determined by the class as a whole and will be used to ensure a productive
and safe environment for discussion. A decision on how to address late
assignments will also be made during this discussion.
C. Introduction to research methods
D. Ethical considerations
E. Discussion of the final project
F. DUE NEXT WEEK (March 23): Research
question and list of 5 possible references
Ch. 1: Introduction to
Criminal Justice Research Methods
Ch. 2: Ethics in
Criminal Justice Research
Appendix A: p. 367-368
The Belmont Report (see dropbox)
March 23: Experiments and
A. Experimental and quasi-experimental models
C. Writing the introduction and literature review
DUE NEXT WEEK: Draft of introduction and literature review
Ch. 3: Research Design:
The Experimental Model and its Variations
Ch. 4: The Uniform Crime
Reports and Sampling
Lawrence, L. W., and
Berk, R. A. (1984). The specific deterrent effects of
arrest for domestic violence. American
Sociological Review 49(2), 261-272.
March 30: Surveys
C. Telephone surveys
Ch. 5: Survey Research:
Ch. 6: Survey Research:
Interviews and telephone surveys
Appendix: p. 368-369
Uggen, C., and Manza,
J. (2002). Democratic contraction? Political consequences of felon
disenfranchisement in the United States.
American Sociological Review, 67(6),
April 6: Participant
observation and use of existing data
A. Participant observation
B. Case studies
C. Unobtrusive measures and existing data
D. Writing the methodology/data collection section
DUE SATURDAY (April 10): Field
notes (assignment explained in class)
DUE NEXT WEEK (April 13): Draft of methodology and data collection section
Ch. 7: Participant
observation and case studies
Ch. 8: Unobtrusive
measures, secondary analysis, and the uses of official statistics
Appendix: p. 369
Goodman, P. (2008). “It’s just Black, White, or Hispanic”: An observational
study of racializing moves in California’s segregated prison reception centers.
Law and Society Review, 42(4), 735-770.
April 13: Validity, reliability and triangulated strategies
C. Triangulated strategies
9: Validity, reliability, and triangulated strategies
April 20: Data analysis and coding
Other types of analysis
Presenting your data
Writing the data analysis section
DUE NEXT WEEK (April 27): Draft
of data analysis and strengths/weaknesses section
8: pp. 217-220
12: Data management: Coding, tabulation and simple data presentation
Ch. 13: Data analysis: A user’s guide to statistics
Tips for Analyzing Qualitative Data (see dropbox)
April 27: Policy analysis and program evaluation
Writing the conclusion, references, and appendixes
Ch. 11: Policy analysis and evaluation research
May 4: Conclusion
A. In-class presentations of research proposals
B. Addressing last minute questions
DUE FRIDAY (May 7): Final
paper including all sections
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