SC6053 - Victims and Crime (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Victims and Crime|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2020/21||
a. To provide students with an overview of the key theoretical concepts within victimology.
b. To identify to some of the social and political factors that placed victims at the forefront of academic and professional discourses.
c. To encourage students to critically appraise the nature and extent of victimisation. To develop student ability to research, analyse, and communicate their thoughts relating to victimisation, victim policy and practice.
The syllabus covers key perspectives and issues in victimology since its emergence. Several sessions focus on types of victimisation across the social spectrum and the ways that these issues are dealt with in the media and in the criminal justice system.
• The emergence of victimology LO1,LO2
• Victimological perspectives LO1,LO2
• Measuring victimisation LO2
• Victims and media construction LO1,LO2
• Victim support LO2,LO3
• Gender and victimisation LO2,LO3,LO4
• Social class and victimisation LO2,LO3,LO4
• Race, Ethnicity and Victimisation LO2,LO3,LO4
• Victims and criminal justice LO3
• Victims of hate crime LO2,LO3,LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
The module is based on weekly lectures and seminars for 15 weeks. This weekly 3-hour session will be organised on the basis of lectures, seminar workshops (including use of a range of media) and group debates. Students are expected to attend all lectures. In addition, students are expected to undertake 6-7 hours independent reading/study per week and to use the knowledge gained in seminar workshops and group discussions.
On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of key victimological theories.
2. Critically apply theoretical concepts of victimisation to social issues.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of criminal justice responses to victims.
4. Express and defend, orally and in writing, their views on victimisation.
There are 2 units of assessment:
1. Oral presentation (25%)
2. Essay 4000 words (75%)
Davies, P, Francis, P & Greer, C. (2007) Victim, Crime and Society, Sage Publications
Walklate, S. (2017) Handbook of Victims and Victimology (2 Edition) Devon: Willan Publishing.
Davies, P. Francis, P. and Jupp, V. (2004.) Victimisation: Theory, Research and Policy, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Goodey, J. (2004) Victims and Victimology: Research Policy and Practice, London: Longman
Mawby, R. and Walklate, S. (2000) Critical Victimology: International Perspectives, Sage Publications.
Maguire, M., Morgan, R., and Reiner, R. (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (5th Ed), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Walklate, S. (2013) Victimology: The Victim and the Criminal Justice Process Oxon: Routledge