CJS5515 Victimology

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Tari Colon

Course Description:

This course will offer instruction to help students examine crime and the justice system from the victim perspective. This course will examine and analyze the nature and extent of victimization; the victims’ roles through the criminal justice system; victimization theory; crime victims’ rights; restorative justice; research; media impact; research and victim advocacy programs.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer is responsible for preventing victimization and assisting those who are or have been victims of crimes. This includes law enforcement, social workers, ministers, friends, neighbors and family. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement about crime victimization. The topic regarding how to address and treat victims is a topic that affects all in society. Members of the community would benefit in a better understanding of and knowledge of crime victimization.

Why This Course Is Important:

Victimization neglect has far-reaching application. Crime victims suffer tremendous amounts of physical and psychological trauma. Victimization can continue due to physical, financial and emotional hardships throughout and after the criminal justice process. Understanding, recognizing and offering services to victims can help alleviate trauma and reduce secondary victimization. This application of supporting and providing services to those who have been victimized has long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice as well as community members to become active regarding the support of victims of crimes.