About this unit
Victimology is an online unit provided by Griffith University through Open Universities Australia that focuses on the role that crime victims play in the perpetration of a crime. A victimologist will argue that the academic field of criminology tends to avoid or ignore the role of the victim, and this unit tries to balance these scales by inquiring into the victims of crime.
This unit includes a history of victimology as a legitimate type of study, the rise of the victim movement, the widespread extent of victimisation and the consequences of it. The interaction between the victim and the criminal justice system will be examined as well as the victimisation of certain racial, ethnic, societal and sub-cultural groups.
Organisations and programs which recognise and champion victim’s rights and needs within the justice system are also studied in this unit.
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It is expected that students will have a basic understanding of Level 1 criminology units prior to enrolling in this unit/
This unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course/s:
- Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Victimology unit, the topics you will study include:
- Introduction, history, course overview
- Effects of victimisation on individuals
- Measuring, prevalence & patterns of victimisation
- Victimisation theories
- Victim blaming
- Effects on communities and third parties
- Repeat victimisation
- Victims and the CJ system
- Specific forms of victimisation I
- Specific forms of victimisation II
- Contemporary issues I
- Contemporary issues II
- Wrap up, course review
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OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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