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  • 1. Research Methods in context: Investigating Crime and Deviance (Webb et al, pages 171-214)1. Briefly summarise Zimbardo’s laboratory experiment on the effects of prison.2. What ethical issues does the study raise?3. How valid are lab experiments in researching crime and Deviance?4. Describe the Home Office field experiment on young offender institutions.5. What ethical issues does the study raise?6. Briefly outline how reliable/valid field experiments are.7. Discuss the practical issues involved in using questionnaires to investigate crime and deviance.8. What ethical issues are raised by the use of questionnaires?9. How reliable/valid are they?10. Summarise the practical issues in using interviews to study crime and deviance.11. How reliable/valid is the method?12. What ethical issues are raised by using interviews?13. How representative are interviews?14. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using observation to study crime and deviance?15. What does ‘going native’ mean?16. How valid is participant observation?17. What ethical issues does the method raise?18. Summarise the practical issues involved in using Official Statistics to investigate crime and deviance.19. How representative are Official Statistics?20. Discuss the reliability/validity of Official Statistics.21. What practical issues does the use of documents raise?22. Are any ethical issues raised by the use of documents?23. How reliable/valid are documents?24. Discuss problems of validity when using media documents to investigate crime and deviance.25. How was Hollands’ investigation of youth leisure and cultural activity (2000) covered by the media?

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