Understanding The Victims

This course is the most comprehensive and balanced exploration of victimology available today. This course examines the victims' plight, carefully placing statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report and Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey in context. At the same time, the instructor and the reading material "humanizes" victims' stories through compelling case studies. The course systematically investigates how victims are currently handled by the criminal justice system, analyzes the goals of the victims' rights movement, and discusses what the future is likely to hold.

This course presents current coverage of the seriousness of intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assaults in the U.S. military, acquaintance rapes on college campuses, shootings on campuses, whether arming for self-protection is an effective strategy, and similar high-profile issues. It also includes new information about "survivorology" and "bystanderology" as well as new material on practical issues facing victims.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Course ​Discussion

  • 2

    Chapter 1

    • What is victimology?

    • Essay

  • 3

    Chapter 2

    • The rediscovery of crime victims

    • Essay

  • 4

    Chapter 3

    • Victimization in the united states

    • Essay

  • 5

    Chapter 4

    • A closer look

    • Essay

  • 6

    Chapter 5

    • The ongoing controversy

    • Essay

  • 7

    Chapter 6

    • Victims and the police

    • Essay

  • 8

    Chapter 7

    • Victims and the criminal justice system

    • Essay

  • 9

    Chapter 8

    • Victimized children

    • Essay

  • 10

    Chapter 9

    • Victims of violence

    • Essay

  • 11

    Chapter 10

    • Victims of rapes

    • Victims of rapes

  • 12

    Chapter 11

    • Additional groups of victims

    • Essay

  • 13

    Chapter 12

    • Repaying victims

    • Essay

  • 14

    Chapter 13

    • Victims in the twenty-first century

    • Victims in the twenty-first century

    • Essay