Criminal Justice-coas | The Nature of Inquiry
P290 | 1560 | Kane


CJUS P290 is an introductory course on Research methods.  The course
is designed to introduce you to the general questions you must address
before you ever begin a research project, various research designs,
different research methods (with a special focus on survey research
and ethnography), and basic data analysis.  Particular attention is
paid to the advantage and limitations of any decision that is made as
one conducts a research project.  There is also an emphasis on
creative development of observational, analytic and writing skills.

In an attempt to increase the relevance and the likelihood that you
will fully understand the substance of the course, a hands-on format
has been adopted.  In particular, there will be regular lectures on
Mondays and Wednesdays, but most of your Friday discussion classes
will be devoted to completing exercises that require you to apply the
substance of the lectures of that week.  Professor Marla Sandys
teaches the quantitative half of the course and Professor Stephanie
Kane teaches the qualitative half.

Readings:  To be announced.

Class Meeting:  Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion
section each week.  MW, 12:20 - 1:10P, M 015

Instructors:  Professor Stephanie Kane and Professor Marla Sandys,
Criminal Justice Department