Fall 2018 - CRIM 321 D100

Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology (3)

Class Number: 7869

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101; one of CRIM 120 or 220. This course may be taken concurrently with CRIM 320.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A detailed examination and application of qualitative research methods and techniques most frequently used in criminological research. Advantages and disadvantages of each method and the appropriateness of each technique for criminological research. Ethics of criminological research. Specific issues of interdisciplinary research. Critical evaluation of qualitative methods used in certain major criminological studies.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is intended to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to carry out qualitative research in criminology. Lectures will cover the foundations of a wide variety of specific qualitative techniques, including interviews, ethnography, content analysis, historiography and case study methods. Lectures will also examine key methodological considerations, such as ethics, interpretation, assessment and writing.  Tutorials will afford students the opportunity to both discuss contemporary criminological research and to apply various techniques.  Students will conduct a qualitative research project designed to highlight their facility with qualitative methods. 

Grading

  • Research Proposal 10%
  • Qualitative Study Evaluation 15%
  • Tutorial Participation and 5 liners 15%
  • Tutorial Group Presentation/Facilitation 10%
  • Research Project 30%
  • Final Exam 20%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

1.    Hesse-Biber, S. N. (2017). The Practice of Qualitative Research (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.        ** NOTE: the 3rd edition of the text is substantially different from the 2nd edition. It is strongly recommended you use the 3rd edition. If you choose to use the 2nd edition students are responsible for determining differences between editions.

2.    Weekly on-line and electronic readings available via SFU library’s database.

Department Undergraduate Notes:


ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.
UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS