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BASS Philosophy and Criminology / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Victims, Crime and Justice
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Social Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course unit is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore and critically evaluate various theoretical and practical aspects of victimology. It is a really exciting time to be studying victimology, with a current focus on some high profile cases, visibly contested meanings around being a victim, and changes in policies, as well as a number of controversial situations involving victims
Indicative content: (1) Introduction; (2) Changing perspectives on the victim; (3); Describing the victim; (4) Theorising the victim ; (5) The victim in criminal justice; (6) Sexual victimisation; (7) Victims & intersectionality; (8) Victims and restorative justice; (9) Victims’ movements; (10) Review & essay support.
The course aims to (1) introduce students to theoretical and practical aspects of victimology; (2) foster an understanding of the nature of victimisation and the criminal justice response; (3) critically evaluate the complex debates and concepts about the nature of victimisation.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to: (1) critically discuss the nature of victimisation and the contested concept of the victim; (2) understand the relationship between victims and the criminal justice system; (3) evaluate the development of victimology; (4) apply the above to analyse representations of victims; (5) research, analyse and communicate, in an informed and critical way, theoretical explanations and empirical and policy findings concerning 'victims'.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching in academic year 21/22 will be flexible and allow us to adapt to changing conditions, however, the common intention across units is to provide a blended offer of the best in online and on-campus teaching that includes: (1) a subject hour used for a range of exercises and activities; (2) high quality learning materials; (3) a tutorial; (4) 1:1 support via a subject-specific contact hour.
Knowledge and understanding
- Critically discuss the nature of victimisation and the contested concept of the victim.
- Understand the relationship between victims and the criminal justice system.
- Evaluate the development of victimology.
- Apply the above to analyse representations of victims.
- Research, analyse and communicate, in an informed and critical way, theoretical explanations and empirical and policy findings concerning 'victims'.
- Discuss, illustrate, debate and evaluate key points/perspectives and communicate these in a clear and effective way.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team.
- Research, organise and deliver key information and findings.
- Prepare an analysis of a case that effectively presents the key points to a wider audience.
- (i) analyse, critique and (re-)formulate a problem or issue; (ii) rapidly and thoroughly review/rate argument and evidence from targeted bibliographic searches; (iii) plan, structure and present arguments in a variety of written formats and to a strict word limit, (iv) express ideas verbally and organise work effectively in small teams for a variety of written and oral tasks; (v) obtain, manipulate and (re-)present different forms of data; (vi) manage time effectively; (vii) reflect on and improve performance through feedback.
This unit is summatively assessed by a 3000 word essay worth 80% of the overall mark, and by a group e-poster presentation worth 20%.
Formative feedback (both individual and collective) will be given on (1) tasks and contribution in class, (2) developing group work and essay plans. Detailed summative feedback will be given on the poster presentation and on the submitted essay via Blackboard (Grademark).
Walklate, S (2017). Handbook of Victims & Victimology. London: Routledge.
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|Claire Fox||Unit coordinator|
Across their course units each semester, full-time students are expected to devote a ‘working week’ of 35-40 hours to study. Accordingly each course unit demands 12-13 hours of study per week consisting of (i) timetabled teacher-led hours, (ii) preparation, required and further reading.
Restricted to: to all students University wide are permitted to take this course, but they must be FINAL YEAR STUDENTS ONLY.
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