ACR203 - Crime, Victims and Justice

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:

ASL224

Unit Chair:Trimester 1: James Martin
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Students must complete 4 credit points at any level

Corequisite:

 Nil

Incompatible with:

ASL224

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit examines different categories of victims, theoretical perspectives on victimisation and the key issues that arise in the treatment of victims at various stages of the criminal justice process. Topics covered include victim typologies, sexual assault victimisation, victims of violent crime, victims of international crimes, victims at the border and victims of the Australian criminal justice system. The unit encourages students to critically consider the ways that victims are responded to by the various agencies of the criminal justice system, the media and the community.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Critically analyse scholarly approaches to understanding victimological theories/concepts/issues and consider their relevance in relation to representations of and responses to victims by society, the media and the criminal justice system.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Understand and critique the challenges experienced by victims in the criminal justice system and demonstrate an ability to evaluative policy and make recommendations for reform to improve victims' justice experiences in a scholarly manner

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3

Identify the challenges experienced by a diverse range of victims within and beyond the criminal justice system and consider the applicability of innovative formal and informal responses to victims in national and international contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Engage with historical and contemporary perspectives and constructions of crime, victims and justice, and describe how these intersecting concepts impact and shape society's perceptions of victims and victimisation experiences

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO5

Use digital communication technologies to identify and apply criminological knowledge to examine, critique and synthesise current and emerging victimology concerns impacting vulnerable and diverse communities, including (but not limited to) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in global contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital Literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global Citizenship

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research and Writing Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Report 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACR203
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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