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SC6053 - Victims and Crime (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Victims and Crime
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   3000 word essay response to a question focussing on a specific issue in relation to victimisation
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Assessment strategy

There is 1 unit of assessment:

1. Essay 3000 words (100%)


Core reading:
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.
Additional reading:
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