CRIM3004 - Victimology

Criminology Unit


One trimester



Credit points: 



Successful completion of four(4) X level 200 units 

Mode(s) of delivery:




Unit Objective

To enable students to examine trends and initiatives that impact upon ‘victims’ in various contexts, with particular reference to the criminal justice system

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the general history of ‘victim’ movements and victimology;
  • Evaluate a number of different definitions of ‘victimhood’;
  • Critically analyse the issues that underlie the main ‘needs’ of crime victims;
  • Evaluate recent legislative changes that increase the opportunity for victims of crime to be active players in the criminal justice process;
  • Evaluate critically issues that emerge when particular types of victims are involved with the criminal justice system and other agencies;
  • Critically analyse media and other political debate about victims and their ‘needs’ in broader economic, political and social contexts.

Unit Content

The unit begins with an outline of various definitions and models of victimology. These are placed in historical and political context and linked to wider social movements. Broad trends to move from victim blaming to victim involvement are highlighted, and this is followed by a module that identifies the many issues that emerge when seeking to measure trends in ‘victimhood’. The impacts of various types of victimisation are then outlined—this incorporates descriptions of recent legislative, policy and agency-level changes.  The unit ends with a module that explores the trends towards mediation, reparation, restitution and reintegration across western jurisdictions.

Issues covered include: definitions of victims; the historical evolution of victim empowerment strategies; kinds of victims; victim involvement and victim blaming; patterns and trends in victimisation; impacts of crime; measuring numbers of victims; the aims and scope of victim support programs; and, the restitution and reparation movement.  

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


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