|Semester 2, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Victimology in Context|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Law and Justice|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|ASCED code :||099903 - Criminology|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||14 April 2021|
Examiner: Lauren Humby
Central to the definitions of both ‘crime’ and ‘victim’ is the concept of harm suffered. The recurrence of this concept indicates the centrality of victims in understanding crime and offending behaviour. The experience of victimisation, however, differs from one individual to the next depending on the unique vulnerabilities they present with and the context in which their victimisation occurs. Because the experience of victimisation is not consistent, it is therefore integral to ensure policy and practices that govern responses to victims are informed by risk factors known to place victims and potential victims in positions of greater vulnerability. Studies in victimology consider how victims are defined, theories and experiences of victimisation, and associated impacts, implications and responses. This course highlights the importance of these considerations by examining a range of specific victimisation types, the unique risk factors associated with each, well known cases which illustrate the theoretical propositions presented within theories of victimology, and the range of impacts and implications that transpire from differing victimisation experiences.
Victimology in context introduces students to the concept of victim and theories of victimisation that seek to provide explanations accounting for why some people are at greater risk of being victimised than others. Students will examine victimisation across varying contexts and in association with particular vulnerabilities, such as: gender, relationships, and domestic violence; age, child abuse, and elder abuse; race, hate, and racially motivated crime; disadvantage, human trafficking and slavery; and socio-demographics and bullying. Responses to victims are also examined with an emphasis on how the factors unique to each type of victimisation experience as well as the impacts of victimisation are a central consideration to developing appropriate responses to victims. Students will consider key cases illustrating various examples of victimisation and the representation of victims in both the media and the criminal justice system. Throughout this course and built into the assessment schedule, students will have the opportunity to develop communication, reflective evaluation and critical thinking skills.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- describe key terms and concepts within victimology;
- apply theories of victimology to explain how victims are represented and understood;
- identify current limitations in responding to victims and develop ideas to address these limitations;
- identify and describe particular vulnerabilities unique to different victim types and explain the importance for these to be factored into the provision of services for victims;
- use effective communication techniques to develop transferrable skills that are relevant to professional contexts within the social sciences and practice.
|1.||Course introduction and overview of module topics||10.00|
|2.||Understanding victims, victimisation and victimology||20.00|
|3.||Victimology in Context||50.00|
|4.||Representation of victims||10.00|
|5.||Responses to victims||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=CRI2222)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(Please refer to the set reading list on the StudyDesk for this course.)
Student workload expectations
|Directed and Private Study||65.00|
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|Online Activity||15||15||29 Jul 2021||1,2|
|Assignment 1 - Part A||20||20||13 Aug 2021||1,2||(see note 1)|
|Assignment 1 - Part B||25||25||08 Oct 2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Online Test||40||40||22 Oct 2021||1,2,3,4|
- Feedback from Assignment 1 Part A will be provided to students in time and relevant for Assignment 1 Part B.
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.
There is no exam for this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments must comply with the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The (APA) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide.