Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically on issues involving criminal justice research methodology, analyzing and interpreting situations, events, practices, and cases.
- 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.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dilemmas in social science research with vulnerable subjects and the role of human subject protection.
- 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.
- Demonstrate the ability to use research and technology to effectively analyze(and recommend modifications to) criminal justice policy.