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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 352
Course Title: Victims in the Justice System
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of the interface between victims and the various components of the criminal justice system. Topics include the history of the victims rights movement, victim prevention and victim assistance programs, victimization patterns and trends, victim interaction with law enforcement, victim rights and remedies in the court system, victim roles under the correctional system, demographic issues and concerns involving victims and offenders, and particularized consideration of victim issues in specific offenses including stalking, domestic violence, hate crimes and sex crimes involving adults and children. Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CJAD 101 and junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The textbooks listed below are not an exclusive list. Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

Victimology: A Study of Crime Victims and Their Roles
By Sqarzi and McDevitt (Prentice Hall)
By Doerner and Lab (Anderson Publishing)
Understanding Violence and Victimization
By Meadows (Prentice Hall)
Crime Victims: An Introduction to Victimology
By Karmen (Wadsworth Publishing)
Course Objectives
  • To understand and appreciate the history and evolution of the Victim’s Rights Movement.
  • To understand common terminology and methods used by professionals who interact with victims in the criminal justice system.
  • To explore regional and offense based variations in victims’ rights and roles within the criminal justice system.
  • To examine the interaction between victims and law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system.
  • To focus on unique victimization issues inherent to specific criminal offenses.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research and writing skills on victims’ issues
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe the history and evolution of the Victim's Rights Movement.
  • Identify and evaluate the merits of victim prevention and victim assistance programs.
  • Explain current patterns and future trends in victimization.
  • Describe and analyze the unique victimization issues inherent to specific criminal offenses including the following:
    - Domestic violence
    - Stalking
    - Hate crimes
    - Sex crimes involving adult and child victims
  • Interpret and apply court decisions concerning victims’ issues.
  • Interpret and apply the meaning of specific statutory and constitutional provisions concerning victims issues.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments regarding victimization and the victims rights movement.
    Topical Outline: In an effort to better prepare students for future educational pursuits and professionalism in their chosen fields, it is highly recommended that all courses bearing the CJAD prefix contain both a writing and speech communication component. Formal writing projects should be prepared in APA format.

  • History of the Victims Rights Movement
  • Victimization patterns and trends
  • Demographic concerns in victimization
  • Victims and the law enforcement officer
  • Victim interaction with the court system
  • Victims and the correctional process
  • Unique victimization issues in particularized criminal offenses
  • Future trends in victimization policies and procedures

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: May 15, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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