Criminal Justice (CRJS) 352

Victims of Crimes (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study - both options with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: CRJS 352 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 352

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course is designed to introduce students to the field of victimology. Students who work or intend to work in fields such as law enforcement, institutional or community corrections, and public or private security will find this course relevant to their careers.
CRJS 352 is organized into three sections. The first section provides a contextual foundation for the course by reviewing historical issues in victimology and describing how crime rates are measured. This section also includes a description of the Canadian criminal justice system. The second section is focused on the impact of victimization, the use of victim impact statements in court proceedings, and international perspectives on victimology. In the final section, the focus narrows to specific victim populations, with units devoted to victimization experiences organized loosely by crime categories.


CRJS 352 is composed of eleven units as follows:

  • Part 1: Introduction
    • Unit 1: History of Victimology
    • Unit 2: The Criminal Justice System
    • Unit 3: Measuring Crime Rates
  • Part 2: General Issues
    • Unit 4: The Consequences of Victimization
    • Unit 5: Victim Impact Statements
    • Unit 6: International Perspectives
  • Part 3: Specific Victim Populations
    • Unit 7: Homicide Victims
    • Unit 8: Sexual Victimization
    • Unit 9: Intimate Partner Violence
    • Unit 10: Child and Elder Abuse
    • Unit 11: Hate Crimes and Other Special Populations

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.


Your final grade in CRJS 352 will be based on the grades you achieve on two written assignments and the final exam. To receive credit for CRJS 352, you must complete all assignments, obtain a grade of D (50 percent) or better on the final exam, and achieve an overall course grade of at least D (50 percent).

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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.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Wallace, H., & Roberson, C. (2015). Victimology: Legal, psychological, and social perspectives (4th ed.). Toronto: Pearson Canada.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other materials (Student Manual, Course Information) can be found online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the CRJS 352 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

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 4, March 24, 2016.

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