Criminal Justice (CRJS) 352
Victims of Crimes (Revision 3)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
Precluded course: CRJS 352 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines—HSRV 352. (CRJS 352 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 352).
CRJS 352 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course will introduce students to both theoretical and applied aspects of victimology. More specifically, the course focuses on the methods of research in victimology, the determination and utilization of crime rate data, the role of victims in crime, the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system, the psychological and social consequences of specific types of victimization (e.g., victims of sexual assault, family violence, child abuse), a critical analysis of how the needs of victims are addressed in North American society, and finally, future directions in recognizing the rights of crime victims and meeting their needs.
CRJS 352 comprises of eight units as follows:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Criminal Victimization
- Unit 2: Victimization by Crime: The Facts
- Unit 3: The Role of the Victim in Crime
- Unit 4: Twice Victimized: Victims and the Criminal Justice System
- Unit 5: Specific Victimizations: Problems and Solutions
- Unit 6: Responding to Victims of Crime
- Unit 7: The Process of Victim Healing
- Unit 8: Future Directions for Victimology
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Your final grade in Criminal Justice 352: Victims of Crimes is a composite grade based on your level of success on three assignments and a final exam. To pass this course, you must achieve a grade of 50 percent or better on the final exam and a course composite grade of “D” 50 percent or better. The following table outlines the activities for credit, their weighting toward the final grade, and the units and weeks that correspond to each activity.
|Assignment for Credit||Weighting||Units/Week Due|
|Assignment 1: |
Stages of Victimization
|15% of final grade||Upon completing Unit 1; week 2 of the suggested study schedule.|
|Assignment 2: |
Public Fatality Inquiry
|20% of final grade||Upon completing Unit 3; week 4 of the suggested study schedule.|
|Assignment 3: |
Meeting the Needs
|20% of final grade||Upon completing Unit 5; week 11 or 12 of the suggested study schedule.|
|Final Exam||45% of final grade||Upon completing Unit 8; week 16 of the suggested study schedule.|
|Total||100% of final grade|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
Karmen, A. 2007. Crime victims: An introduction to victimology, 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
Most materials are found on line through the Moodle course site.
CRJS 352 has a print reading file.
Digital Reading Room (DDR) contains assigned readings from various sources, including the text. You will be directed to these readings at appropriate times throughout the course.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, November 23, 2009.
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