SOC 2760 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Observational Error, Missing Data, Uniform Crime Reports
Homicide is most often perceived as a consensus crime", meaning that it can be seen as an objective phenomenon which all members of society believe to be wrong, harmful, or criminal. However, it sometimes is considered to be a conflict crime", meaning that it can be seen as a subjective phenomenon, which only some members of society believe to be wrong, harmful, or criminal, depending upon the circumstances. Many members of society view homicide as an objective social fact that can be identified through criteria set out in sections 222-240 of the criminal code of canada. In canada, there are three main sources of data on homicide: the homicide survey (will be focusing on this throughout the course, the vital statistics death database, the uniform crime report surveys. The ucr surveys provide police-reported data the two surveys are the aggregate survey and the incident-based survey.