After reading Chapter 1, you should be able to:

Discuss criteria for assessing the harmfulness of crime.

Develop a definition of criminology that reflects major issues within the field.

Explain ideology as it relates to the field of criminology.

Contrast competing definitions of crime.

Outline and compare five different paradigms within criminology.

Discuss the meaning and controversies surrounding criminology and policy.

Critically assess the role of the media in understanding the causes of crime.