Subject 191-316 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour seminar per week
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Usually 25 points of second year criminology subjects.

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Assoc Profs Adam Sutton & Fiona Haines
Subject Overview:

This course describes and assesses ways governments and societies respond to victims of crime and other adversities. A broadly sociological framework is used to analyze the history of victim movements and the discipline of victimology. Definitions of victimisation are reviewed, and the course debates whether victimology should focus purely on victims of crime or should also include victims of abuse of power. Research on patterns of crime victimisation and on victims' needs is summarised and explored. Case-studies of crime victimisation and of abuses of power are used both to highlight the plight of victims and to explore support strategies.


Participation in a class group presentation worth 15%, an essay of 2500 words 60% (due mid-semester) and a take-home test of 1000 words 25% due at the end of semester).

Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.
Recommended Texts:

S. Dardenne, I Choose to Live. Virago, 2005.

Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;

  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;

  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.


Formerly available as 191-434 Victims. Students who have completed 191-434 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)

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