Subject details

This subject 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 subject:

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.

    • Introduction, History, Course Overview
    • Effects of Victimisation on Individuals
    • Measuring, Prevalence & Patterns of Victimisation
    • Victimisation Theories
    • Effects on Communities and Third Parties
    • Repeat Victimisation
    • Victims and the CJ System
    • Specific Forms of Victimisation I
    • Specific Forms of Victimisation II
    • Contemporary Issues
    • Wrap up, Course review
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject attempts to rectify this imbalance in the field by focusing on victims of crime. The subject will present students with an introductory analysis of the field of victimology. Specifically, a number of victim-related issues will be canvassed in this degree, 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.

  • Written Assignment (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Quiz (20%)

Related degrees

undergraduate GRF-CCJ-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Core Subjects
  • Compulsory Subjects
  • Major in Criminal Justice