Criminal Justice (CRJS) 352
Victims of Crimes (Revision 5)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
Precluded course: 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 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.
To receive credit for CJRS 352, you must complete and submit all of the assignments and write the final exam. You must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the final exam, and an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) for the course.
You will be evaluated on your understanding of the concepts presented in the course and on your ability to apply those concepts. Your final grade in the course will be based on the marks achieved for the following activities.
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.
Wallace, H., & Roberson, C. (2019). Victimology: Legal, psychological, and social perspectives (5th ed.). New York: Pearson.
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.
All other materials 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.
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 5, October 30, 2020.
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