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202_Harris_syllabus_FA_2008 - JS 202 San Jose State...

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JS 202 San Jose State University Fall 2008 Research Design, Methods, and Evaluation Thursdays 5:30 – 8:15 MH510 Instructor: Danielle A Harris Office: BT 455 Phone: (408) 924-2940 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:30 pm; Thursdays 1-4 pm Course Description : The nature of criminal justice and criminology necessitates a wide range of methodological approaches in both quantitative and qualitative research. This course has three main objectives. The first goal is to review research methods and ensure that students are comfortable with the basic processes of traditional sociological research. This part of the class will expand on JS 105 by introducing the student to a range of different types of research. The second goal is to familiarize the student with the methods of program evaluation and policy analysis. Finally, the class will prepare the student to construct an independent research project in accordance with either of these methods and begin survey construction and preliminary data collection. In the following semester, JS 203 will build upon the foundations provided in this class and focus more specifically on data analysis using statistical techniques. Texts: APA (2005 or later) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Berk & Rossi (1998) Thinking About Program Evaluation, 2 nd Ed . Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Maxfield & Babbie (2006) Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Walters (1998) Measuring Up: Governing’s Guide to Performance Measurement for Geniuses (and other public managers) Weiss (1998) Evaluation, 2 nd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Various PDFs of research articles from empirical journal to be distributed as necessary. Course Requirements: Attendance and Participation (20%) : Critical reading, thinking, and writing involve a number of practical skills. These skills must be practiced to be developed and maintained. Students are expected to keep up with class reading, and to attend all class meetings well prepared to contribute to the classroom exchange of ideas and information. Therefore, attendance and participation is essential in order to pass JS202. This is particularly important given that the class meets only once a week.
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