Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Victims of Crime and Society (Aut)

Module L4102A

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will introduce students to the study of victimology and the ways in which victims are increasingly becoming central to the workings of the criminal justice system. This module will consider the emergence of victimology and the role of the victims of crime movement in shaping theoretical and practical developments. Students will also learn about the role of the victim within the criminal justice by examining case studies. This is emerging area of interest in criminology and so students will be involved in current debates.

The module provides a critical approach to victims of crime and society. Topics will include rates of victimisation, the "harm" of victimhood, the role of victims in determining punishment, miscarriages of justice and victim memorials. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from external speakers who have close experience of the criminal justice process.

Module learning outcomes

Critically analyse the victims of crime movement (and its impact) within a broader historical and social context.

Apply relevant theoretical concepts from victimology to critically analyse empirical examples covered on the module.

Critically assess competing arguments that challenge definitions of victims of crime and their role in the justice process, weighing up their limitations.

Develop critical examination of evidence and data on victimisation and the methodological approaches used

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment50.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayXvac Week 1 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111110111111

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