This is a course in criminal justice research methodology designed to introduce students to basic concepts and problems encountered in significant research projects. The course will highlight notable research case studies that have impacted the field and will also give students the opportunity to evaluate how these case studies have been cited and applied in subsequent research.

Major topics include the relationship between theory and criminal justice research; the nature of causation; research designs and techniques; conceptualization and measurement; operationalizing research; sampling; basic descriptive statistics; obtaining and evaluating criminal justice data and other information on the Internet; and ethical issues in research.

The course includes a step-by-step review of the project management aspects of performing a substantial research project; the opportunity to conduct primary research on a topic of interest; and an online presentation on the selected research topic.