Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


A grounding in criminology requires the understanding of the interplay of two core components: the offender and the victim. Victimology, as the study of all aspects of victims and victimisation, has therefore developed as a sub-disciple of criminology, as the importance of the victim profile has been increasingly recognised both within academia and the criminal justice system more broadly. This course will help students cultivate a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of the victim in a variety of criminological contexts, with a focus on the application of this knowledge in a vocation environment, using contemporary examples to augment their understanding.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Outline key criminological theories that help to explain victimisation;

2. Contrast the different victim typologies within criminal contexts;

3. Critique the victim's role in the criminal justice system, looking at various aspects of primary, secondary, and tertiary victimisation;

4. Apply theoretical notions of victimology in real-world case scenarios.


The course will focus on the following topics:

- Outlining the scope of victimology as a discreet discipline within criminology, and its role within allied disciplines (such as social work, law, and psychology)

- Contextualising the term 'victim' through the discussion of various definitions (legal, social, etc.)

- Quantifying victimisation, included the various costs

- Exploring different victim typologies; including victims targeted on the basis of; age, gender, or ancestral origin

- The victim within the criminal justice system

Assessment items

Essay: Essay (40%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study (40%)

Quiz: Blackboard quizzes (20% total) (2 x 10%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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