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CRI2222 Victimology in Context

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. describe key terms and concepts within victimology;
  2. apply theories of victimology to explain how victims are represented and understood;
  3. identify current limitations in responding to victims and develop ideas to address these limitations;
  4. 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;
  5. use effective communication techniques to develop transferrable skills that are relevant to professional contexts within the social sciences and practice.


Description Weighting(%)
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

Walklate, S 2018, Handbook of Victims and Victimology, 2nd edn, Routledge, London and New York.
(Please refer to the set reading list on the StudyDesk for this course.)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 15 1,2
Assignments Written Annotated bibliography No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Research (paper) No 25 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Quiz No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 27 June 2022