CJS4102 Criminal Justice Research Methods and Statistics II

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Tari Colon

Course Description:

This course will instruct students how to analyze and conduct research in the field of criminal justice. Students will learn traditional social science methods used in criminal justice and apply these methods in conducting their own research. Research designs, ethical considerations, sampling issues, interviewing, survey construction and computer software techniques will be analyzed and evaluated. Students will learn how to select, critically evaluate, and apply relevant areas of scholarship. Students will develop a better understanding of analyzing criminological data, data using descriptive analysis and inferential statistics, development of hypotheses and testing hypotheses.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons within criminal justice system as well as active community members will inevitably be asked or ask themselves questions related to criminal justice research. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement of research methods in criminal justice. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of the criminal justice research methods and statistics. By understanding research methods and statistics, students will learn how to evaluate and analyze and conduct research.

Why This Course Is Important:

The entire Criminal Justice system is a hot topic. The pillars of accountability and understanding flow largely out of religious thought and tradition. Secular institutions in the criminal justice system are continually wrestling with hot topic issues and relations with the public, and they are actually wrestling with ideas that have long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice research. Criminal Justice research can help individuals understand criminal justice data and can used for accountability and change in public policy. There is a continuous need for relevant criminal justice research.