College of Criminal Justice · Sam Houston State University 20091 | P a g e CJ 478.11. Intro to Methods Spring 2009: Tu 6:00-8:50 pm – CJC (C-110) Instructor: Hyeyoung Lim Office: LEMIT-303 Phone: 936-294-3868 E-mail: [email protected]Office hours: Tuesday 3:00 pm-6:00 pm (or by appointment) Required TextFrank E. Hagan (2006). Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Allyn & Bacon, ISBN: 0-205-44739-2 Additional research articles will be required – but you will be provided the electronic reference or it will be placed on blackboard for downloading. Course DescriptionThis course is designed to introduce research methods in the field of criminal justice and criminology. The course will cover the terminology and concepts of research methods. It will guide students to have a good understanding about fundamental research methods, to analyze and interpret research work such as journal articles, and to write their own research papers. Learning Objectives1.To understand key concepts and terminology in research methods 2.Understand the logical relationship among theory, research, and public policy. 3.Be informed consumers of professional CJ research works such as journal articles. 4.Read an academic journal article and write an abstract of the article. 5.Develop research proposal on a specific criminal justice topic. 6.Express orally the research Attendance Policy:Class attendance requirements will be followed in accordance with Academic Policy Statement 800401. It is expected that students attend class and be prepared to discuss the scheduled topic. In accordance with University guidelines, attendance will be taken at every class session. Attendance is mandatory and grades will be reduced if absences in excess of the maximum are incurred. For the purpose of this class, missing more than one class will adversely affect your overall grade. Missing more than one class will result in a deduction of: 5 points from the final grade for each additional class that is missed; and 2 points for each additional half day that is missed. Since the first week of the semester is the official class change period, there will be no point-reduction for your absence. Please note that there will be no distinction between excused and unexcused absences: If you miss class, you will be counted as absent regardless of the reason. However, if you make a perfect attendance during this semester, you will receive extra credits in your point total for the course.
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