Mainstreaming Comparative Methodology in Criminal Justice/Criminology Research Methods Courses

Rosemary Barberet, University of Leicester

Although the offering of comparative/international criminology and criminal justice courses is a fairly longstanding tradition in the field, it is still relatively unusual for criminal justice research methods courses to include topics relating to comparative methodology. This is essential if we aim to train students to be globally competent. This paper will outline the essentials of teaching comparative methodology, suggest how the area might be mainstreamed into our research methods courses, and comment on appropriate materials and projects that might be introduced to further student learning in this area.

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Updated 05/20/2006