Module title: Victimisation and Victimology

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC10113
Module leader: Stephanie Fohring
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Stephanie Fohring
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO 1-6: The lectures and tutorials will use a range of methods to encourage student participation and critical thinking (audio-visual; group discussions and debates; reflective learning; media). Students will engage with theoretical frameworks and learn to apply them to debates on victimisation to develop their understanding. Students will be expected to access Moodle online learning to remain up to date with lecture notes and information about tutorials and to receive direction towards focussed reading and a range of shared resources.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take place in tutorials. The module leader will lead tutorials for the first half of the module, as this is when key concepts/theoretical approaches are covered. During the second half of the module we will flip the classroom and focus on preparation for the exam. Students will also be expected to foster group discussion during this activity. Feedback will be provided on the level of critical engagement and links with other class concepts and material.

Summative Assessment:
The module will be assessed via two assessments. The first will be a presentation worth 20%. These presentations will occur during tutorial time and focus on critical engagement with the core reading for the module. They will also act as preparation for the second assessment. In small groups, students will be responsible for presenting and critically appraising one of the required or further readings each week. This will include a summary of the readings key points, theoretical relevance, methodology (if relevant), and significance to the topic of discussion on a given week. These points must be provided for other students either via a PowerPoint presentation or handout.
The second assessment will be a ‘take-home exam ’.
Students will be required to answer two essay question from a set of 6, much like a regular exam, but will be given 2 weeks to do so. Essay questions will be provided during the last week of class so that students will have the opportunity to ask questions. The finished exam will then be submitted via Turnitin during the regular exam period.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 80 1,2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Oral Presentation 20 1,2,3,4,& 5 7 HOURS= 10 minutes
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module begins with an examination of the definitions and representations of victimisation and the ways in which we can measure and research the extent of victimisation and individuals’ experiences of victimisation. You will examine theoretical explanations of victimisation and explore the relationship between victimisation and the social divisions of class, race, age and gender. The module will cover recently emergent themes in victim-centred research (e.g. topics like victims of white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and transnational victimisation) and more established themes (e.g. fear of crime/victimisation). The module concludes with an examination of victim-centred criminal justice models (e.g. restorative justice) the role of the victim in the criminal justice process more generally, and the growth of support services for victims.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate approaches to measuring and researching victimisation.
LO2: Critically reflect on the social construction of victims and ‘victimhood’.
LO3: Compare and analyse theoretical perspectives within victimology.
LO4: Debate the role of the victim in the criminal justice system.
LO5: Critically reflect on criminal justice policy and service delivery in relation to victims of crime.
LO6: Compose and communicate coherent arguments through the analysis of relevant literature, critical thinking and enhanced writing skills.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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