1. Module Title: Victimology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 479
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course focuses on the victims rather than the offenders: why they have been “rediscovered” recently, why they often do not report crimes to the police, how some victims might share responsibility for the crimes with the offenders, how they can be repaid for their losses through offender restitution and government compensation; and what new services are available to help victims prevent crime and survive attacks.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning Outcomes
    The learning will:
    Assessment Criteria
    1. Knowledge and understanding of Victimology with regards to: 1.1 Understanding the major concepts and theories when working with victims and the criminal system.

    1.2 Examining how individual differences in social, cultural and historical context may influence the perception of victims.

    2. Develop and apply critical-thinking skills within the domain of Victimology and how it affects individuals with mental health concerns, enabling students to: 2.1 Demonstrate an ability to utilize critical-thinking that includes open-mindedness and the scientific process.

    2.2 Demonstrate an attitude of receptivity to new knowledge and intellectual engagement.

    3. Understanding how the knowledge of Victimology may interact with broader frameworks, enabling students to: 3.1 Understand how the concepts, theories and research of understasnding how crimes impact victims, may be used to analyze and form better structures for public policy and practice.

    3.2 Critically analyze theories and research relating to treatment of victims.

  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 Victims
    • Victimization in the United States: An Overview
    • A Closer Look at the Victims of Interpersonal Crimes
      of Violence and Theft
    • 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 Rapes 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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