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Unformatted text preview: How Do We Know Anything About the Reality of Transnational Crime? Deductive or Inductive? As this course focuses on the transnational crime problem as an aspect of comparative criminology, it will be critical to reflect on what we currently know about this phenomenon and how we know it. Only then can we discuss and compare contemporary responses to transnational crime, and suggest new crime control policies. There are two ways we could approach these issues, corresponding closely to inductive and deductive reasoning as investigative techniques. In a deductively constructed course, the instructor would give out a list of definitions, describe the problems to be investigated, what is currently known about each problem, etc. In this course, we will adopt an inductive approach instead. Rather than presuming that transnational crime can be easily defined and its extent statistically validated, we will begin...
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- Spring '08