Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

2.1 Discuss the legal perspective of crime

2.2 Define how crime is a violation of the criminal law

2.3 Discuss the social perspective of crime

2.4 Compare and contrast norm violations and ethical violations

2.5 Discuss the behavioral perspective of crime

2.6 Determine the types of research methods used in scholarly criminal justice studies

2.7 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of common criminal justice research strategies