Victimology - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - Major Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

When a crime is perpetrated there are usually two parties involved ; the perpetrator and a victim. Victimologists argue that the field of criminology has tended to ignore the role of crime victims and has focussed predominantly on the offender and the types of crimes they commit. This unit attempts to rectify this imbalance in the field by focusing on victims of crime. The unit will present students with an introductory analysis of the field of victimology. Specifically, a number of victim-related issues will be canvassed in this course, including: a discussion of the history of victimology as a field of study and the rise of the victim movement; the prevalence and extent of criminal victimisation; the consequences of victimisation; the interaction between the victim and the criminal justice system; the victimisation of particular groups; and theories of victimisation. Also covered will be programs that recognise victim's rights and needs in the criminal justice system.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Understand the issues that affect victims of crime
  2. Understand and explain the nature of victimisation across different population groups and different crimes types
  3. Understand key theoretical and methodological approaches to research in the study of victimisation
  4. Demonstrate an ability to understand theoretical and methodological issues about research and practice related to victimisation
  • Essay — Major Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (40%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

It is expected that students will have a basic understanding of Level 1 criminology units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction, History, Course Overview
2Effects of Victimisation on Individuals
3Measuring, Prevalence & Patterns of Victimisation
4Victimisation Theories
5Victimisation Theories II
6Effects on Communities and Third Parties
7Repeat Victimisation
8Victims and the CJ System
9Specific Forms of Victimisation I
10Specific Forms of Victimisation II
11Contemporary Issues I
12Contemporary Issues II
13Wrap up, Course review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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