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CRIM 2652
Anna Pratt

Possible Exam Questions: 2653: 3 hour exam. Instructions: The final exam will be comprised of two essays. Each essay answer will be graded out of 100 marks. The average mark from both answers will constitute the final mark on the exam. Students are expected to write in full essay format, with the exception that direct references in the form of quotations and page numbers to the texts are not required. Students should be specific in their references to the relevant texts in their answers. While stylistic and grammatical issues are not as important in an examination in which students are asked to give answers under pressure of time, they remain important aspects of good essays; therefore, it is essential that students give their best answer for each question. Three of the five questions from Part One will appear on the final examination, and students will be asked to answer one question. The question for Part Two of the examination is mandatory. Part One: Answer any one of the following questions. 1. In “Retrospective Accounts of Violent Events by Gun Offenders” (Chapter 4 of Pogrebin text), and in “Street Smarts and Urban Myths” (Chapter 7 of Pogrebin text), the authors claim some allegiance to “Grounded Theory”. Using these course readings as examples, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of grounded theory as a qualitative research method. 2. Scientific credibility (in the social science sense of the term) is important to qualitative and quantitative researchers. Compare and contrast the ways that both types of social science research seek to demonstrate scientific credibility. *Requires a thesis* 3. Case studies, as small as one sample, may still make valuable contributions to our knowledge of a particular phenomenon of interest in social science. Using examples from the Pogrebin text, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the use of case studies. 4. Qualitative research usually brings researchers into close and intimate contact with their participants, and this close contact may have important implications for the researcher both in terms of their analyses of their data and in terms of their ethical conduct.
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