This course covers contemporary developments in the field of victimology, its conceptual boundaries, its basic concepts and literature, its subfields and role as a field of study within criminology and criminal justice. The historical and emerging roles of victimology as a field of study are examined and discussed in depth. Special attention is paid to apply learning objectives with respect to each student's personal experiences with the human dimensions of victimization. This course also deals with analysis of contemporary programs and trends in the criminal justice system's response to victims. (3 credits)
- CRJ 101: Criminal Justice
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of the course students will have achieved the following goals:
- Identify basic terms, concepts and ideas in victimology.
- Compare and contrast the historical development of victimology and its subfields.
- Analyze contemporary problems and trends in victimology.
- Debate the functions, operations & management of the criminal justice system.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (100 pts each, Weeks 1-8)
Written Assignments (Weeks 1-3 & 5-7)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Research Paper (Week 5)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through our online bookstore)
- Wallace & Roberson. Victimology: Legal, Psychological and Social Perspectives. 4th ed. Columbus, OH: Pearson, 2015. ISBN-13: 9780133495522
Readings and Exercises
Topics: History of Victimology and Overview of the Justice System
Topics: Measurement of Crime and Consequences of Victimization
Topics: Victim Advocacy and Homicide Victims
Topics: Sexual Victimization and Intimate Partner Abuse
Topics: Child Abuse and Elder Victims
Topics: Hate Crimes and Special Victim Populations
Topics: Negligence and Intentional Torts
Topics: Compensation and Restitution of Victims