Victimology - 2018

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: Assignment - Written Assignment (40%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
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.

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the study of issues pertaining to crime victims. This will assist them to develop skills that will enable them to critically evaluate criminal justice processes as they relate to victims of crime. With this in mind, there are three aims of this unit:

1. To examine the ways that victims of crime interact with the criminal justice system and apply research and theory to understand ways to balance victim and offender rights;

2. To provide a working knowledge of the theories that explain victimisation risk;

3. To critically review the research about crime victims and to enable students to become intelligent consumers of this research.

  • Assignment — Written Assignment (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
5Effects on Communities and Third Parties
6Repeat Victimisation
7Victims and the CJ System
8Specific Forms of Victimisation I
9Specific Forms of Victimisation II
10Contemporary Issues
11Wrap 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.
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