Sociology and Criminology

Victimisation, Social Harm and Justice (Aut)

Module code: L4102A
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

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.

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