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Methods of research for criminology



18:30 – 21:20


1st semester

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  • This course is designed to introduce students to research methods, and the basics of quantitative statistics and qualitative methods in the field of criminology. Students will learn how to consume and critique information provided by social scientific research. The course will also incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and expose students to the use of research methods in other disciplines. Students will become well-equipped to conduct independent research study.

    1. Understand the ethical issues, methods of research design, measurement, data collection, and data analysis in criminology research.

    2. Identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different research methodologies.

    3. Develop reading, presentation, critical and reflective thinking, and writing abilities.

    4. Become an active learner and apply the knowledge to the field of criminology, other disciplines, and non-research related aspects of everyday lives.

  • Tasks


    Class Discussion & Exercises


    Article Critique


    Group Presentation – Group


    Group Presentation – Individual




    1. Ellis, Lee, Richard D. Hartley, and Anthony Walsh. Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: an Interdisciplinary Approach. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010.

    2. Maxfield, Michael G., and Earl R. Babbie. Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology. Eighth edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2017.

  • Weisburd, David et al. Basic Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Fifth edition / David Weisburd, Chester Britt, David B. Wilson and Alese Wooditch. Cham: Springer, 2020.

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