Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr James Roffee


This unit looks at the concept of the victim within the criminal justice system. Both historical and contemporary conceptions of the victim are understood in relation to the way in which particular groups receive attention within the criminal justice system. The blurring of the lines between victims and offenders are interrogated and critical attention is paid to the binary proposition of victim and offender. The relationship of these labels to the treatment of these groups of individuals within society is surveyed and a critical assessment of this is made.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Determine the need for a critical understanding of the victim in historical and current social perspectives.
  2. Find and generate information and data that can be used to facilitate a critical understanding of victim, offender, community or system blaming and its relationship to other social and political systems.
  3. Critically evaluate contrasting perspectives and practitioner approaches to victims.
  4. Organize understandings of victims in both domestic and international settings and within international human rights discourse and mechanisms.
  5. Synthesize, analyze and apply critical understandings of victims to developing practices of national and international efforts to achieve justice.
  6. Communicate critical understanding of representations of victims.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Criminology.