Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the various definitions of crime, including the difference between criminal behavior and deviant behavior.
  2. Distinguish between criminology and criminal justice.
  3. Determine whether a theory would be considered from a consensus or conflict perspective of crime.
  4. List and describe the three general components of the criminal justice system.
  5. Identify some of the key distinguishing features of the juvenile justice system compared with the adult criminal justice system.
  6. Identify the criteria that characterize a good theory.
  7. Identify key concepts associated with victimology.