Course Title: Victimology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Victimology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2016,


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2016,

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61) 3 9925 2537

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 4. Room.10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-reqisites for this course

Course Description

This course is about the concept of victims and the study of victimisation. You will learn the history of victimology and victim movements, as well as the place of victims in contemporary society; in particular the treatment of victims of crime in the criminal justice system. You will consider victim centred research, and the study of victimology in policy and practice. You will also consider the relationship of victim and offender and the concept of restorative justice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

a) Know contemporary and historical policy debates related to the nature, role, and experience of victims in society with particular reference to victims of crime in the criminal justice system;

b) Critically appraise a range of key concepts and theories associated with Victimology;

c) Analyse the processes of collecting data relating to victims including ethical and practical considerations.


In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Informed professional practice
  • Social and cultural responsibility

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities including lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers presentations, case studies, videos, and student lead discussions. The course may be delivered online.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is generally a prescribed text for this course. A list of readings will also be provided. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examinations, group work, tutorial presentations, and essay writing. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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