Fall 2020 - CRIM 220 D100

Research Methods in Criminology (3)

Class Number: 5254

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Any 100 division CRIM course is recommended.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to criminological research that is intended to develop the student's research and analytical skills. Specifically, the course will focus on the theory of inquiry, the logic, and structure of criminological inquiry, research design, data gathering, analysis and reporting. Students with credit for CRIM 120 may not take CRIM 220 for further credit. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles and methods of social science research as applied to criminological issues. The course will prepare students to critically assess research and select appropriate methods when designing their own research projects. Topics will include the theory and practice of social science research; formulation of effective research questions and hypotheses; constructs, operationalization, and measurement; experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research designs; sampling; quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques; and introductory data analysis. Students will submit a formal research proposal to exhibit comprehensive knowledge of the issues covered throughout the course.  Instruction for this course will consist of a weekly two-hour lecture, plus a weekly
50-minute tutorial. 

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, instruction (which is normally offered “face to face” on campus) will be presented “remotely” via live/interactive Zoom lectures/tutorials/office hours, as per the scheduled dates/times.  Lectures will be recorded, but tutorials and office hours will not be recorded.  Canvas and email will also be used to facilitate remote instruction. There will be no in-person meetings/lectures/tutorials/office hours during the entire Fall 2020 semester.  Please see the Canvas course container for details starting the first week of classes.

Grading

  • Tutorial Participation (synchronous/live/real-time via Zoom) 20%
  • Quantitative Study Evaluation (synchronous/live/real-time via Zoom and Canvas) 15%
  • Research Proposal Outline (electronic assignment upload to Canvas) 15%
  • Mid-Term Quiz (synchronous/live/real-time via Zoom and Canvas) 20%
  • Final Research Proposal Draft (Ungraded milestone) (electronic assignment upload to Canvas) 5%
  • Final Research Proposal (electronic assignment upload to Canvas) 25%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Equipment: Computer, Internet connection and webcam with microphone.

REQUIRED READING:

Schulenberg, J.L. (2016). The Dynamics of Criminological Research. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.

eText ISBN: 9780199000685, 0199000689

https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/products/the-dynamics-of-criminological-research-jennifer-l-schulenberg-v9780199000685  


Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 



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

  • 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. 
  • The University has formal policies regarding academic dishonesty and grade appeals. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy S 10.01, the Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, available on the University’s website. Information about grade appeals 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.

Please note that all teaching at SFU in fall term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/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

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).