Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the legal perspective of crime
  • Define how crime is a violation of the criminal law
  • Discuss the social perspective of crime
  • Compare and contrast norm violations and ethical violations
  • Discuss the behavioral perspective of crime
  • Determine the types of research methods used in scholarly criminal justice studies
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of common criminal justice research strategies