Seminar: Victimology - CRJU 690


Summer 2004

  Dr. Tod W. Burke
  Office:307 Adams St. 6B
 Work:  831-6657  

Meeting Times:  Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6:00-10:00 pm

RHEC Room 604


Victimology is the scientific study of victims including the relationship between the victim and offender; the victim and the criminal justice system; and the victim with other societal institutions. The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between victims and crime, although other victimization studies may be discussed.

Depending on class size, topics for discussion may include (but are not limited to):

Date rape
Doctor-patient sexual misconduct
Media's influence on victimology
Child abuse
Same-sex domestic violence
Hate crimes
Racial profiling
Inmate victimization (prisons and hospitals)
Campus violence
Workplace violence
Victims and the criminal justice system
Restorative Justice
Elder abuse
Victims of white collar crime
Pros and cons to victim impact statements
Tourists as victims
Battered husbands
Identity theft
Victims of police brutality
False accusations of victimization/Munchausen Syndrome
Victims of con games
False memories
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
The relationship between animal abuse and human violence
Teenage gambling


Grading will be based upon individual and group presentations, written assignments, and attendance/participation (including reading assignments).  The value of each assignment will be noted in class.  Any student missing more than one class will be deducted 20 points for each class missed (whether excused or not).   This is considered part of your participation grade; if you are not in class, you are unable to participate!   Formal papers must be in APA format!

The group (and perhaps some individual) presentations will be based upon a "grab-bag" topic approach.   In other words, students will randomly select a topic from the list noted above.  The presentation should be creative, interesting, and interactive.  If you plan on using PowerPoint for your presentation, do not read the material from the slide to the class.  Use the slides merely as an aid for your presentation.  Your presentation should be approximately one hour (including discussion, role-playing, debates, etc.) in length.  The group/individual will be graded based upon content, creativity, structure, preparedness, and clarity (see oral report guidelines on my homepage at:

Syllabus subject to change!