CRJ 246 - Victimology
This course allows students to study and explore various types of victims, their role in victimization, their relationship to the offender, and the methods in which victimization is reported. The role of the law enforcement officer, victim’s advocacy groups, the function of victim impact statements, and victim’s rights will also be examined. The sources of trauma, motivational issues of offending, response patterns to vicimization, secondary trauma effects of victimization, and community and media response will be explored.
This Criminal Justice course may be used to fulfill a Social Science elective.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Describe the origins of victimology.
2. Compare and contrast the information available from different sources of crime statistics.
3. Explain different theories of how and why people become victims of crimes.
4. Demonstrate both conflicts and cooperation between victims and law enforcement.
5. Describe the challenges faced by victims in the legal system, in their families, in the political system, and in the society at large.
6. Describe the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, from the beginning to the end of a case.
7. Explain how that role has been evolving over time.
8. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of various types of victim reparations.
9. Attend a trial, hearing, arraignment, or a victim’s advocacy group, and describe the experience from the perspective of a victim.
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