Understanding Victims and Offenders
Understand why some people are more likely to commit particular crimes than others, and why certain citizens are more likely to be victims of these crimes. Cover sexual crimes, violent crimes and family violence in particular.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- critically assess theories and psychological knowledge concerning victim and offender sub-types
- explain the dynamics of particular forms of serious offending
- describe the methodological challenges associated with research into victims and offenders.
- Serial offenders
- Serial victims
- Sexual crimes
- Violent crimes
- Family violence
- Young offenders
- Risk assessment
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
No special requirements
Some people are more likely to commit particular crimes than are other people. Some people are more likely to become victims of crime than are other people. This subject of study explores variables that relate to victims and offenders. Serial victims and serial offenders are examined. Sexual crimes, violent crimes and family violence will be spotlighted and evidence relevant to victims, offenders and the decisions that they make will be assessed. Students will explore the methodological challenges associated with researching victims and offenders, and consider how the research evidence can translate to good practice within criminal justice contexts.
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- Written assignment (50%)
- Examination (50%)