Critical Victimology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Critical Victimology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEND 101 or GEND 102 or SOCI 103 or 54 points

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The emergence of victimology within the field of criminology, the evolution of different victimological perspectives, and the relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system.

    Victimology is a branch of criminology devoted to the study of criminal victimization, focussing on crime's precursors, events and impacts. This paper examines the emergence of victimology, the evolution of different victimological perspectives, and the relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Lectures: 2 hours per week
    Tutorials: 1 hour per week starting from the second week.

    Course Structure
    There are three key themes:
    - The emergence of victimology
    - The evolution of different victimological perspectives
    - The relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system

    Within each theme, attention is paid to criminal victimisation in relation to social difference, especially gender, race-ethnicity and class.

    Learning Outcomes
    - A broad knowledge of the literature and key debates of victimology
    - Comparing and contrasting traditional and emergent approaches of critical and radical victimology
    - Analysis of social perceptions of and reactions to crime and victimisation
    - Examining debates of the rights of crime victims in the justice setting

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