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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will analyse the concept of 'victim' within domestic and international contexts, utilising practical and theoretical understandings of victimisation. The four key variables within the Legal Studies discipline (gender, age, race and class) are investigated to expand student understandings of who and what constitutes an "ideal" victim within the media and the courtroom. The subject also examines the impact of victim's rights discourses in shaping traditional and alternative responses to crime and punishment. The concept of 'victim' will be further explored to consider the ways in which some groups might be victimised by the law, including Indigenous Australians, injured workers, and asylum seekers. Students will also deconstruct the concept of 'victimhood' and determine the extent to which it is useful in legal and social settings.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTarryn Phillips

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LST3VIC

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Special conditionsN/A

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