This course introduces the student to concepts of research in criminal justice. In this section, we explore the basics of what research is and what it can do in the criminal justice system. This week, the student is exposed to a variety of new terminology relating to research and meet the following objectives.
Explore the scientific approach to criminal justice research. Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research. Differentiate between pure and applied research. Specify the various functions of the research process. Summarize the meaning of research ethics and examine the codes of ethics in criminal justice research. Assess the nature and diversity of ethical dilemmas in criminological research. Explore the meaning of statistics and the basic ideas behind any statistical study