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 course attempts to rectify this imbalance in the field by focusing on victims of crime. The course 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.
Gold Coast Trimester 2Mt Gravatt Trimester 2Online Trimester 2