VICTIMOLOGY: VICTIMS, JUSTICE AND THE LAW

LST2VIC

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will analyse the concept of 'victim' within domestic and international contexts, utilising practical and theoretical understandings of victimisation. Four key variables (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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTarryn Phillips

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LST3VIC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTBAPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and examine key trends and issues in victimology.

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions and activities; tutorial presentation, exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

02. Identify and explain the key elements of different theoretical approaches within victimology

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions and activities; exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

03. Produce a research essay that demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach to analysing a topic of relevance to victimology

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions and activities; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

04. Work within a team to prepare and deliver a tutorial presentation on a topic of relevance to victimology

Activities:
Tutorial participation and discussions; tutorial presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTarryn Phillips

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1.5-hour exam (1,500 words equivalent)30 01, 02
One 1,500-word research essay40 01, 03
One written reflection (500 words)15 01, 04
Three online quizzes (with 15%)15 01, 02