SOC 303: Victimology

Discipline: Sociology

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: SOC-202 or permission of instructor. This course involves the study of issues related to crime victimization. An overview of the historical and emerging role of victimology as a field of study provides the foundation necessary to examine patterns of victimization. A survey of theories of victimization emphasizes how the recognition of victims in the study of crime influences criminological theory and research. Issues particular to types of offenses and to specific populations of victims are examined and discussed. Myths surrounding crime victims and victimization are critically evaluated for their accuracy and explanatory value. The relationship between the crime victim and the criminal justice system is also examined. Implications for research and policy are explored. Also listed as CRM 303. (Offered every even-year fall semester.) (LA)(3)

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