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									                                         Criminal Justice
                                Northern Arizona University - Yuma

                    CCJ 355 RESEARCH METHODS

                                    Fall 2009 (2nd Eight Weeks)

  Instructor: R.S. Rose                               Class hours: Wednesdays 4:30-10PM
  Office Phone: (928) 317-6455                        Class location: AC 289
  Cell Phone: none                                    Office: AC 237
  E-mail:                         Office hours: Monday to Friday,
                                                                    10:30 to 4:30PM

Students should feel free to contact me at any time. Do not be shy if you have a question.

                                    Catalogue description
Explores ways of knowing, quantitative and qualitative research strategies, and interpretation of
research related to the study of crime and criminal justice. Cross-listed with PAS 355.

Prerequisite: CCJ 101, CCJ 250, and Mathematics Foundation requirement—or International Ex-
change Student group.

                                       Required reading:

There is no textbook required for this class. You will, however, be responsible for the assigned
readings posted on line in the Vista shell by the dates indicated below.

                                      Course description:

Much of our class time will be devoted to the class project. This effort will be a hands-on
experience in learning qualitative methods. While quantitative strategies will also be discussed, our
term project will expose students to the techniques used in researching, writing, and presenting a
topic at a major academic conference. Everyone will have an assigned part to play in the creation of
the material to be delivered.

“Hate along the Border” uses history to qualitatively look at the phenomenon of hatred manifested
as vigilantism by Anglos against Hispanics in the border region between the United States and
Mexico. It uses data from both Spanish and English-language sources in an attempt to arrive at a
more informed position of what has transpired as well as what may occur in the future.

                                       Course objectives:

   1. To present you with a hands-on approach to learning Methods of Criminological research.

   2. To provide you with knowledge of quantitative principals as they attempt to relate to
         understanding crime. Advantages and disadvantages will be discussed.
   3. To familiarize you with qualitative methodologies to more fully understand the approach of
         those not concerned with the immediacy of numbers. Advantages and disadvantages
         will be discussed.


Your attendance will be required for each class meeting. Absences not excused will normally result
in five (5) points being deducted from classroom participation—per absence.

                            Event, Reading, and Test Schedule:
                   (All readings are to be done by class time on the assigned date)

October 21st:
  1) Discussion of the term project
  2) Assignment of an area of activity in the term project for all students.

October 28th:
  Read “The Lynching of Persons of Mexican Origin or Descent in the United States”

November 4th:
  Read “Close Encounters of the Deadly Kind: Gender, Migration, and Border (In)Security”

November 11th:
  Read "Conducting Qualitative Interviews"
   Quiz 1

November 18th:
  Read "Qualitative Research Methodologies"

November 25th
  Read "The Status of Qualitative Research in Criminology"

December 2nd
  Read "The Qualitative Debate"

December 9th:
  Read "Features of Qualitative and Quantitative Research"
   Quiz 2


There will be two quizzes in this course. Both tests will be essay and cover the assigned readings.
You will write on one, and only one, of three questions written on the blackboard. Please tell me
everything you know about the question you select. The tests are not cumulative. Value: 20 points
for each test. Maximum value 40 points.

                                         TERM PROJECT:

You will be required to participate in the creation of a paper for presentation at a major conference.
This is the hands-on part of this course, designed to let you learn methods through doing methods.
 1. The topic of the term project will be
               "HATE ALONG THE BORDER: An Exploratory Study in Vigilantism"
 2. The class will be divided into three (3) groups, each with distinct responsibilities in the creation
     of the term project.
          A. The Diggers
                   i. The largest group, these students will be responsible for the accumulation of
                       data to be used by the Writers.
                   ii. Diggers will conduct interviews and be responsible for reading all available
                       items in both Spanish and English on the question under study.
          B. The Writers
                   i. This will be a small group of persons chosen to write up the project and
                       construct the footnotes.
                   ii. Writers and Diggers will work closely together.
                   iii.The term project will be done using Chicago 15 with footnotes not endnotes.
                   iv. The complete term project will be between fifteen and twenty pages in length.
          C. The Checkers
                   i. These are our quality-control people. There job is to check on the work of
                       everyone. That is on the quality of articles and books that we cite, the material
                       that we write, along with the accuracy and style compliance of our footnotes.
          D. The Presenters
                  i. Presenters will travel to San Diego with me and actually read a summary of
                       our project to the convention.
 3. Slackers will be dealt with harshly. If you feel someone in your group is not contributing, let
    me know and I will deal with it.
 4. An outline/summary of the term project has been presented to the Academy of Criminal Justice
    Sciences for presentation in the student section of their annual meeting. This year, the get
    together will take place in San Diego from February 23-27, 2010.
Value: 0-50 points.

                                     Classroom Participation:

This is not a class in which to be shy. Your participation is worth ten (10) points of your grade.


100-90 = A 89-80 = B 79-70 = C 69-60 = D. Your final grade will not be based on the curve. I
normally give lots of As and Bs if students do the work as outlined. Note, however, this is no guarantee you
will get an above average grade by just coming to all the class meetings, answering the test questions, and
handing in the short paper. You must also do some original and creative thinking, and participate in the class

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                                 Institutional Review Board
Any study involving observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAU—
including a course project, report, or research paper—must be reviewed and approved by the
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The IRB meets once each month. Proposals must be submitted for review at least fifteen working
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