Criminal Justice-coas | Victimization
P444 | 1492 | 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).
Required Readings: Elias, Robert (1986). The Politics of
Victimization: Victims, Victimology and Human Rights. New York: Oxford
Kennedy, Leslie and Vincent Sacco (1998). Crime
Victims in Context.
Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury.
Evaluation: Research Essay: 35%
Short Assignment: 20%
Discussion Questions 15%
Class Meeting: One 150-minute seminar each week (T, 5:45-8:15P, SY 003)
Instructor: Professor Kathleen Burke, Criminal Justice