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CRJ 335: Victimology

Course Description

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)

Prerequisites

  • 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:

  1. Identify basic terms, concepts and ideas in victimology.
  2. Compare and contrast the historical development of victimology and its subfields.
  3. Analyze contemporary problems and trends in victimology.
  4. Debate the functions, operations & management of the criminal justice system.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (100 pts each, Weeks 1-8)

20%

Written Assignments (Weeks 1-3 & 5-7)

20%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

20%

Research Paper (Week 5)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through our online bookstore)

  • Wallace & Roberson. Victimology: Legal, Psychological and Social Perspectives. 4th ed. Columbus, OH: Pearson, 2015. ISBN-13: 9780133495522

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topics: History of Victimology and Overview of the Justice System

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Introduction and History of Victimology
    • Chapter 2: An Overview of the Justice System
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Bio Discussion
  • Participate in the Discussion

2

3,4

Topics: Measurement of Crime and Consequences of Victimization

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: Measurement of Crime and Its Effects
    • Chapter 4: The Consequences of Victimization
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit topic for research for your term paper

3

3,4

Topics: Victim Advocacy and Homicide Victims

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: Victim Advocacy
    • Chapter 6: Homicide Victims
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit bibliography for term paper

4

3

Topics: Sexual Victimization and Intimate Partner Abuse

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: Sexual Victimization
    • Chapter 8: Intimate Partner Abuse
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1-8
SLOs 1-4

5

3

Topics: Child Abuse and Elder Victims

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: Child Abuse
    • Chapter 10: Elder Victims
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit outline for term paper

6

3

Topics: Hate Crimes and Special Victim Populations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11: Hate Crimes
    • Chapter 12: Special Victim Populations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit rough draft for term paper

7

2,4

Topics: Negligence and Intentional Torts

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13: Negligence and Intentional Torts
    • Chapter 14: Constitutional and Civil Rights of Victim
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Submit Research Paper

8

2,3,4

Topics: Compensation and Restitution of Victims

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 15: Compensation and Restitution of Victims
    • Chapter 16: Victim Impact Statements
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Chapters 9-16
SLOs 1-4