1. Module Title: Victimology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 479
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course seeks out and highlights the many controversies that involve victims as they interact with offenders, criminal justice officials and agencies, policy makers, the news media and social movements.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Provide an overview of victimology.
    • Sharpen their engagement objectively to real life cases.
    • The necessity of engaging in research to conclude their findings.
    • Illustrate the reactions of victims under attack and their resiliency in its aftermath could be inspirational and uplifting
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • What is Victimology?
    • The Rediscovery of Crime Victim
    • Victimization in the United States: An Overview
    • A Closer Look at the Victims of Interpersonal Crimes of Violence
    • The Ongoing Controversy over Shared Responsibility
    • Victims and the Police
    • Victims’ Rights and the Criminal Justice System
    • Victimized Children
    • Victims of Violence by Lovers and Family Members
    • Victims of Rape and Other Sexual Assaults
    • Additional Groups of Victims with Special Problems
    • Repaying Victims
    • Victims in the Twenty – First Century: Alternative Directions

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