Code of the Campground: Fear of Crime and Perceptions of Risk

Our high-impact activity is a course that will be offered in Fall 2014, “The Code of the Campground: Fear of Crime and Perceptions of Risk.” This course will offer students a unique opportunity to participate in survey research and data collection. Specifically, students enrolled in the course will work closely with two faculty members to learn about conducting research and then participate in data collection on two occasions at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Course topics will include fear of crime, victimization, and perceptions of risk related to camping. Students will be administering a survey to individuals camping at the National Park. Prior to this, students will participate in a number of hands-on activities divided over three class sessions designed to prepare them for data collection and ethical research practices. Students will study research ethics, complete the IRB Human Subjects Certification, receive training and practice on how to administer surveys, and learn about victimization and fear of crime from lectures and course discussion relevant to the survey.

This course qualifies as a HIP for several reasons. First, it will allow students to build substantive relationships with two faculty members as well as fellow undergraduate students and graduate students in the Criminal Justice department. Students will be spending a significant amount of time with one another and with faculty in a course that encourages team work and learning across levels.

Second, the course will require significant student effort. Students will be expected to attend several preparatory classes and two full days of data collection. After the data is collected, students will work in groups to prepare a poster presentation on a pre-approved topic of their choice that is relevant to the course content.

Third, it allows for the application of knowledge in a unique setting. Students do not often get the opportunity to actively participate in field research and data collection.

Finally, students will be given feedback throughout the course and also participate in continuous reflection. For example, training sessions on survey administration will allow for meaningful feedback from both faculty and other students. Students will also be given opportunities to reflect upon their data collection experiences and the overall experience at the end of the course.

High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Collaborative Assignment/Project
  • Faculty/Student Research

For more information, please contact one of the Faculty Fellows:

Dr. Sara Evans
(850) 474–3067

Dr. Jamie Snyder
(850) 474–3409

Dr. Sara Evans
Dr. Sara Evans
Dr. Jamie Snyder
Dr. Jamie Snyder
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