Criminal Justice-coas | Victimization
P444 | 9348 | Burke
This course will take an in-depth look at the process and politics of
victimization. Drawing on a variety of texts and supplementary materials,
we will begin by examining the context in which certain people are defined
as victims and the role the media plays in this process. We will also
briefly explore the strengths and weaknesses of victimology. Thereafter, we
will turn to the role of the victim at each stage of the criminal justice
process and the significance of victim advocacy campaigns and their
abilities to meet the needs of victims. In the final weeks, attention will
turn to a closer analysis of specific types of victimization (e.g. sexual
assault, hate crimes, elder abuse).
Readings: Elias, Robert (1286). "The Politics of Victimization:
Victims, Victimology and Human Rights" New York: Oxford University.
Kennedy, Leslie and Vincent Sacco (1998). "Crime Victims in
Context" Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury.
Evaluation: Research Essay 35%
Midterm Exam 25%
Discussion Questions 15%
Class meeting: One 150-minute seminar each week (R, 4:00-6:30P, SY 003)
CJUS Major authorization
Course will satisfy: COAS Intensive Writing credit
CJUS major 400-level requirement
Instructor: Professor Kathleen Burke, Criminal Justice Department