Victimisation, Social Harm and Justice (Aut) (L4102A)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

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.

You will also learn about the role of the victim within the criminal justice system by examining case studies. This is an emerging area of interest in criminology, and so you 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.

You will also have the opportunity to hear from external speakers who have close experience of the criminal justice process.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: