Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr James Roffee


Previously coded CRI3270


This unit analyses the concept of the victim. The historical and current conceptions of the victim in the criminal justice system and in society is surveyed by academic materials and experts working in the area. Victim-offender mediation and crime prevention are discussed. Community-based agencies are identified and analysed in the context of theoretical perspectives of blame, shame and reintegration.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Determine the need for a critical understanding of the victim in historical and current social perspectives.
  2. Find and generate information and data that can be used to facilitate a critical understanding of victim, offender, community or system blaming and its relationship to other social and political systems.
  3. Critically evaluate contrasting perspectives and practitioner approaches to victims.
  4. Organize understandings of victims in both domestic and international settings and within international human rights discourse and mechanisms.
  5. Synthesize, analyze and apply critical understandings of victims to developing practices of national and international efforts to achieve justice.
  6. Communicate critical understanding of representations of victims.


Assignment (2000 words): 40%
Class presentation (500 words equivalent): 10%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Third-year level will be required to write an essay of a more theoretical nature.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1281/ATS1282 (These units are prerequisites ONLY if the student wishes to undertake a Criminology major or minor. All other students can take this unit having completed any first year Arts sequence or by permission.)