CRJU 3700 - Criminal Justice Research Methodology


An introduction to criminal justice research methodologies, with a focus on research design, ethical concerns, conceptualization, sampling, data analysis, interpretation of research results, report writing, and application of research findings.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically on issues involving criminal justice research methodology, analyzing and interpreting situations, events, practices, and cases.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature, components, and methods of social science research, including problem formation, sampling design, measurement, data collection and operationalization, analysis, drawing conclusions, and analyzing the implications to and for the criminal justice system and its components.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dilemmas in social science research with vulnerable subjects and the role of human subject protection.
  4. Demonstrate competence in written communication on issues involving criminal justice, producing well-organized documents that meet conventional standards of correctness, exhibit appropriate style and awareness of audience, and present substantial material.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use research and technology to effectively analyze(and recommend modifications to) criminal justice policy.
  • Module 1. Criminological Research & Science and Society
  • Module 2. Criminological Research & Process and Problems
  • Module 3. Criminological Research - Ethics
  • Module 4. Conceptualization and Measurement
  • Module 5. Sampling
  • Module 6. Causation and Research Design
  • Module 7. Research Designs - Experimental
  • Module 8. Research Designs - Survey Research
  • Module 9. Research Designs - Qualitative Methods
  • Module 10. Research Designs & Quantitative Methods
  • Module 11. Research Designs & Evaluation Research and Policy Analysis
  • Module 12. Research Designs & Mixed Methods

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • CRJU 1100 & CRJU 3200

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