Victimology: Victims, Justice and the Law

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Victimology: Victims, Justice and the Law

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Students will analyse the concept of 'victim' within domestic and international contexts, utilising practical and theoretical understandings of victimisation. Four key variables (gender, age, race and class) are investigated to expand student understandings of who and what constitutes an "ideal victim" within the media and the courtroom. The subject also examines the impact of victim's rights discourses in shaping traditional and alternative responses to crime and punishment. The concept of 'victim' will be further explored to consider the ways in which some groups might be victimised by the law, including Indigenous Australians, injured workers, and asylum seekers. Students will also deconstruct the concept of 'victimhood' and determine the extent to which it is useful in legal and social settings.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.