CRJ 405: Victim's Rights and Services

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the role of the victim’s advocate and the victim’s participation in criminal justice decision making and various restorative justice initiatives. In examining this role, students will specifically analyze the impact of court policies and practices on victims with mental health or substance abuse disorders. Students will also be asked to consider the types and patterns of family and sexual violence to prevention and punishment practices and policies. While distinguishing between ethical and unethical behavior in the criminal justice field, students will be required to apply victims’ rights to criminal case scenarios and explain how victims can be assisted with dealing with the effects of crime and the criminal justice system. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • CRJ 335: Victimology
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the theories of violence and victimization with applied responses to victims.
  2. Analyze the concepts and principles of violence crimes against victims.
  3. Identify elements and determine victims’ of fear of crime.
  4. Analyze modern problems and trends in victims’ rights in the criminal justice system and various institutions.
  5. Evaluate how victim advocacy programs operate.
  6. Breakdown the functions, operations and management of victims’ rights in the criminal justice system.
  7. Compare and contrast the various programs available for crime victims.
  8. Explain proposed and current victims’ rights and services legislation/laws at both the state and federal levels.

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

Discussion (10 pts each, Weeks 1-8)

20%

Weekly Assignments (100 pts each, Weeks 1-7)

25%

Weekly Reflections (10 pts each, Weeks 1-8)

25%

Research Paper (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore)

  • Meadows, Robert J. Understanding Violence & Victimization. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson, 2019. ISBN-13: 9780134868257

Additional Required Materials

  • Netflix subscription for assignment involving the film 13th

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,4,5

Topics: Measuring and Understanding Violence

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Measuring & Understanding Violence
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Bio Discussion
  • Participate in the Discussion

2

1,4,9

Topics: School Violence and Victimization

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6: School Violence and Victimization
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Weekly Reflection

3

6

Topic: Victimization Theory

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2: Victimization Theory
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Weekly Reflection

4

2,3,6,8

Topics: Responding to Criminal and Victims of Familar Violence

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10: Responding to Criminal Victimization
    • Chapter 3: Victims of Familar Violence
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Weekly Reflection

5

2,8

Topics: Non Familial Violence and Victimization and Human Trafficking and Victimization

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4: Non Familial Violence and Victimization
    • Chapter 8: Human Trafficking and Victimization
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Weekly Reflection

6

2

Topics: Institutional and Workplace Violence

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: Institutional and Workplace Violence
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Weekly Reflection

7

5,7

Topics: Criminal Justice and Injustice

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: Criminal Justice and Injustice
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Weekly Reflection

8

6,8

Topics: Firearms and Victimization

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: Firearms and Victimization
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review Weekly Supplemental material
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Weekly Reflection
  • Research Paper
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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