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



Course Coordinator: Dr 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


Course Description

Victimology refers to the study of victims, victimisation, and victim experiences. In this course you will learn about victims of criminal and other harms in the context of the Australian legal and support systems, as well as media and society more broadly. You will learn about the history of victim’s rights movements and victim-oriented reforms, as well as key principles informing contemporary responses to victimisation. Through a series of case studies, you will reflect on nature and impacts of victimisation, as well as client-led, trauma-informed and intersectional practice in legal and service sector responses.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

1. Apply knowledge of the extent, nature and impacts of victimisation of a variety of crime types 

2. Critically analyse the history, role and rights of victims in Australian legal and support systems 

3. Demonstrate application of effective responses to disclosures of victimisation, based on client-centred, trauma-informed and intersectional practice 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered online, but may feature some face to face delivery, or a mix of both. 

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems including the Canvas course site and RMIT Library. 

There are also services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Quizzes, 20% CLO1 and CLO2 

Assessment Task 2: Literature Review, 50%, CLO1 and CLO2 

Assessment Task 3: Case Study Reflective Essay, 30% CLO 1 and CLO3 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.