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: At the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Increase their familiarity with basic terms, concepts, and definitions in victimology;
      • Define basic terms and concept in Victimology.
    2. Gain knowledge of the core debates that make up the discipline of victimology;
      • Identify the different positions and debates in Victimology.
    3. Understand the difference between criminology and victimology;
      • Differentiate the two concepts.
    4. Understand methods to measure victimization;
      • Identify and explain the different types of research and study on crime and victims.
    5. Develop an understanding of the interactions between victims and offenders, victims and the criminal justice system, and victims and the larger society;
      • Recognize and assess the relationship between victims and the criminal justice system, and the larger society
    6. Develop an understanding of the nature, types, and prevalence of family abuse and family violence;
      • Understand the nature, types , and prevalence of family violence and abuse
    7. Recognize the need for victim services & identify the different services available in Singapore.
      • Identify and understand the availability of victim services.
  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
    • Violent Crimes
    • Victims’ Contributions to the Crime Problem
    • Victims and the Criminal Justice System
    • Victimized Children
    • Victims of Violence by Lovers and Family Members
    • Victims of Rape and Other Sexual Assaults
    • Victims with Special Problems
    • Repaying Victims
    • Victim Services in Singapore
    • Victims in the Twenty-First Century
    • Review of Course

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