Course Summary
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Criminal Justice 381: Victimology
20 weeks (44 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 criminal justice


The course objective is to give students a deeper understanding of the fields of victimology and criminology. Students will learn about the history of victimology and the victims' rights movement; how to analyze trends in and consequences of crime and victimization; to differentiate between types of crimes and to recognize victimization in different settings.

Learning Outcomes:

  • analyze the nature of violence and criminal behavior
  • explain the concept of victimology in terms of the history, theories, typologies, and factors
  • dissect various types of crime data to identify the extent, trends, and patterns of crime victimization
  • break down the emergence and importance of the victim rights movement
  • explain the issues associated with various types of victimization, including violent and property crimes, sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, and school and workplace violence
  • evaluate ways to recognize threats of violence and to prevent violence

General Course Topics:

  • The nature of violence
  • The victim movement
  • Victimology overview
  • Measuring criminal victimization
  • Consequences of crime victimization
  • Types of violent crimes
  • Types of property crimes
  • Intimate partner violence and stalking
  • Types and effects of sexual assault
  • Victimization at school and the workplace
  • Crimes against children and the elderly
  • Types of threats and self-defense
  • Violence prevention
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials