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    Research Methods in Law Enforcement and Security Studies
    LESM A304
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    Research Methods in Law Enforcement and Security Studies
    Course Start Date
    Spr 2020
    Course Level
    Higher
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Credits
    10
    Language
    English
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    N/A
    Future Terms
    Course
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Language
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2020
    Higher 2 terms 10
    English
    N/A

    Course Coordinator: Grace Au, BA (San Francisco State University); MSocSc, MPhil (HKU)

    Course Developers: Prof. John Hughes, Lancaster University; Dr Allan Jiao, Rowan University, New Jersey; Steven Li, Consultant; Dr Ruth Fan, Consultant; Dr Raymond Lau, OUHK

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are advised to have already studied LESM A201 and LESM A204.

    Aims
    This course aims to provide a systematic grounding in the various theories and methods by which evidence can be brought to bear upon policy issues of relevance to a wide range of activities, including law enforcement and security management. Students will be made aware of the various philosophical underpinnings of conceptions of science and the social research methods they have given rise to.

    Contents
    The course covers the following topics:

    • The philosophy of social research: the positivist project and its problems

    • Interpretative philosophies, social realism and social research

    • The nature of qualitative research

    • Types and methods of qualitative research

    • Collection and analysis of qualitative data

    • The process of quantitative research

    • Quantitative research methods

    • Collection and analysis of quantitative data

    • Researching on the Internet

    Learning support
    There will be ten two-hour tutorials and three three-hour day schools.

    Assessment
    There are four tutor-marked assignments and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

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