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Instructor Contact Information Dr. Heidi Bonner Email: Office Phone: 252.328.4382 240 Rivers Building Tuesday, 11:00 – 12:00, 2:00 – 3:00, and 5:00 – 5:30 Thursday, 11:00 – 12:00, 2:00 – 3:00, and 5:00 – 5:30 Or by appointment

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Course Research Methods in Criminal Justice (Fall 2014) JUST 3800 (section 03) Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 pm to 10:45 pm Hybrid – 66% face-to-face meeting, 33% online meeting Rivers 271

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Course Catalog Description This course examines the design, conceptualization, hypothesis formulation, measurement, sampling techniques, data management, and research writing as related to the field. Introduction This course introduces students to a range of research techniques that are currently used in criminology and criminal justice. Course materials deal with the practical aspects of research. Discussions of research techniques are embedded in principles drawn from the philosophy of science and cover such research issues as the relationship between theory and data, the logic of inference, causality, sampling, and data collection. Research methods are defined as all the conventional and systematic steps involved in empirical study. For this reason, this is not a course in statistics, research design, or theory, but we will draw on information from all of these areas in evaluative reviews of a sample of the literature. The minimal goal of the course is to enhance students’ methodological literacy--that is, their ability to read and understand social scientific research. Discussions of research designs should also aid students in planning and conducting research.

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