VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS: WORKING WITH VULNERABILITY AND TRAUMA

LST4VST

2019

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

The field of criminal justice often involves working with survivors of violence and other vulnerable people. These may be victims of a wide range of violent crimes including sexual assault and family violence, and also offenders whose situations are linked to their own histories of victimization and abuse. This work requires insights and skills to ensure that individuals are effectively supported, and protected from secondary victimization. This subject offers an opportunity to develop these skills through understanding the complex and destructive reactions people have to traumatic experiences, the vulnerabilities they continue to carry, and the support that is effective in working towards recovery, rehabilitation and justice. This is provided through an integration of social approaches to vulnerability and victimisation with critical psychological theories of trauma and key theorists on vicarious trauma.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission to Criminology Honours LHCR or by approval of subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTrauma and Recovery: from domestic violence to political terrorPrescribedJudith Herman (1997)Basic Books

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a critical understanding of kinds of victimization and how these relate to forms of social inequality, with an emphasis on current critical social theories of trauma.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, library research
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical frameworks for conceptualising psychological trauma and how it impacts identity, social interactions and decisions, with particular attention to the vulnerabilities it creates and the kinds of support that it makes necessary.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, case studies, library research
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Apply theory and knowledge to specific cases of survivor support, with particular attention to ethical issues and problems of secondary victimization.

Activities:
Seminars, assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

04. Demonstrate ability to critically examine and analyse key intellectual debates in this field, and to communicate that analysis clearly and effectively in oral and written form.

Activities:
Seminars, assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Completion of in class activities (equivalent 500 words)5 01, 02, 03, 04
Class presentation (2000 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Case study (1500 words) 20 01, 02, 03, 04
Research essay (4000 words) 50 01, 02, 03, 04