CJ 261: Law Enforcement Research

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Restricted Elective
Introduces concepts, approaches and methods for conducting and analyzing empirical research for criminal justice settings. Topics covered include: quantitative and qualitative research, surveying, sampling, data tabulation and assessing how to choose the appropriate method for specific law enforcement situations.
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Core Topics


  1. Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods: Theory and Method
  2. Ethics in Criminal Justice Research
  3. Research Design: The Experimental Model and Its Variations
  4. Alternative Data-Gathering Strategies and the Special Case of Uniform Crime Reports
  5. Sampling and Survey Research: Questionnaires
  6. Survey Research: Interviews and Telephone
  7. Participant Observation and Case Studies
  8. Unobtrusive Measures, Secondary Analysis, and the Uses for Official Statistics
  9. Validity, Reliability and Triangulated Strategies
  10. Scaling and Index Construction
  11. Data Analysis: Coding, Tabulation and Simple Data Presentation