Spring 2023 - CRIM 220 D100
Research Methods in Criminology (3)
Class Number: 1991
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 18, 2023
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
Prerequisites:Any 100 division CRIM course is recommended.
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.
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.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
To learn core research method principles to effectively evaluate empirical research and design research projects within a criminological context.
- Tutorial Participation 15%
- Research Project Components – Packback Deep Dive 15%
- Mid-Term Exam 20%
- Final Research Project 30%
- Final Exam 20%
- Jennifer L. Schulenberg. 2016. The Dynamics of Criminological Research. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press. (Online e-book is recommended: https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/products/the-dynamics-of-criminological-research-jennifer-l-schulenberg-v9780199000685 )
- Packback Deep Dives will be used to assess independent research skills and improve academic communication through long-form writing assignments such as essays, papers, and case studies. While completing the summative writing prompts on Deep Dives, you will interact with a Research Assistant that will help you gather your notes and cite your sources, and Digital Writing Assistant for in-the-moment feedback and guidance on your writing. Packback Deep Dives is $29 for the term, however may be less if you are using it for other courses.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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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.
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- 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 (SWH 10156), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security). For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5. The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly. The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
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- The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
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