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Victimology Syllabus Spring 2014 (2)

Victimology Syllabus Spring 2014 (2)

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Victimology Spring 2014

University of Pennsylvania
School of Nursing Family and Community Department Title: NURS 333 Victimology Credit: 1 c.u.

Catalogue Description:
This course examines a wide range of victimization experiences from the perspective of victims, their families and society. A cross discipline approach to victimization will be utilized in this course. Theories related to victimization from victimology, sociology, psychology, women’s studies and criminology will be explored. Millions of Americans are victimized every year. Until the mid-1970’s, the plight of the crime victim was not systematically addressed. Reasons for this include the tendency to blame the victim for the offender’s behavior and placing responsibility and burden of proof on the victim. The current approach to the impact of crime on victims will be discussed and victim’s rights emphasized. Controversies in the study of Victimology will be discussed. The concept of social justice is explored in this class through a victimology lens. Students will examine the reactions of victims and their families to various crimes. Myths supporting a victim-blaming belief pattern will be explored. Additionally, those institutions designed to provide assistance to victims will be examined, including counseling and support services, health care services, law enforcement, and the courts. Placement: Spring 2014 Faculty: Course Director: Kathleen Brown, PhD, RN, CRNP, Diplomate, Fellow Associate Practice Professor of Nursing School of Nursing Office 412 Telephone: 215-898-6679 E-mail: brownkm@nursing.upenn.edu Support Faculty: Elaine Morrison Faino Email:

Office Hours: Monday 12 - 3 Wed 10-4 And by appointment

Pre-requisites: This course is offered to all undergraduate and graduate students within the University

Power Point presentations. Teaching Methods: The lecture content for Victimology is taught via faculty and guest speakers using lecture. Identify common psychological and physical responses to victimization 4. Discuss the impact of crime on families of crime victims 10. discussion and case study methodology. This course will include an on-line recitation session. syllabus. Faculty and guest speakers have extensive and varied backgrounds. Participation in recitation is required. Identify potential legal aspects of victimization 5. This course is paperless. handouts. Recognize social attitudes and perceptions toward victimization 2. Recognize victim trauma responses both immediate and long term 6. Describe methods to avoid victimization 9. Discuss current controversies in Victimology 12. and videos) are available on the canvas site for the class. Attendance: Attendance on time for lectures is expected in Nursing 333. the student will be able to: 1. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries houses the canvas site. Analyze response patterns in victims of crime 7. The student is responsible for any missed class materials and information presented in lecture. Recitation time may be scheduled at the convenience of the student. Students will obtain information and submit assignments via the course canvas site. research articles. Objectives: Upon completion of this course. Discuss the impact of crime on the community 11. Describe support services available to victims of crime 8. Discuss the role of the victim in the commission of crime 3. Explore the concept of social justice through the lens of victimology. Guest speakers will include victims of crime. The on line recitation session will consist of readings. videos and related research each week.Victimology Spring 2014 Required Text: None Additional Class Materials: Online Course Materials (class schedule. .

has a good selection of academic articles relevant to victimology. What are the possible family and community responses . Grading: Spend time with literature. Pubmed. Scope of the assignments is broad enough to allow the student to incorporate his or her major course of study into the essays.Victimology Spring 2014 GRADING CRITERIA: Essays Final Exam 80% 20% ASSIGNMENTS: Grading for this class is based on writing assignments. The amount of detail included about funding mechanisms may be chosen by the student. rape and sexual assault. different from the student’s usual and comfortable resources. Any or all of the resources you find may be used to write papers for this class. explore further the path of the victim in your chosen crime after official reporting makes the crime “public” information. Research. Media may or may not be included in the paper as a discussion point. Due: 2/3 Choose one of the following crimes for discussion: child abuse. domestic violence or human trafficking. Be clear about the agencies duties and responsibilities to the victim. Choose the topic carefully because it will be explored in all three essays. Essay number one: 15% of final grade. For example: What is the role of the police as it relates to the victim? The role of the criminal justice system? The role of social services agencies? The role of health care? Funding streams for government agencies should be mentioned. double spaced paper about government agencies a victim is likely to encounter when the chosen crime is reported to police. psychology. For example: A person calls the police after a mugging. Who might be the first point of contact? What is that person’s role? What is that person trained to ask or assess? What are the next possible points of contact? Include in this paper information about the role of the victim in interactions with these agencies. sociology. Wikipedia is a good start. Our wonderful on line library has easy access to scholarly articles on victimology. Understanding of the course material should be reflected in your assignments. Due 2/24 In this essay. is required for this course. accuracy of the answer and ability to clearly articulate findings. but less than ten page. especially academic literature. stalking. Research and then write a small two page or longer. Chart the path of the victim through government agencies. Grading will be determined by depth of investigation. Write at least one paragraph about the victim’s contact with each agency. but the student must progress to academic literature. but the primary focus must be victimization. and criminology. Essay number two: 20% of final grade. a library search engine. Popular media may be used to enhance the paper.

double-spaced paper. and write a thoughtful three to five page. or up to ten page. Grading will be determined by accuracy of the answer and ability to clearly articulate findings as well as creativity and feasibility. can state and federal government strictly limit access to ammunition under the constitution? Videotaping of victim interviews Stalking via modern technology Child witnessing of domestic violence Drug facilitated sexual assault Incest . Due: 4/14 The research paper in this class focuses on current information available about one narrowed down topic from our course. The student may look at a specific city or campus and explore the resources that exist currently. including academic literature. Limit discussion to college campuses as a community. Grading: Spend time with literature. double-spaced paper. The student may choose a topic. based within the community? Conclude this paper with an assessment of what is helpful within communities and what is not helpful. the more complete the research process can be. and write a thoughtful three to five page. via your informed position. The student may define the word community. The more narrow the topic. Grading will be determined by depth of investigation.Victimology Spring 2014 to the victimization? What are the potential help resources for victims. For example: Limit discussion to urban or rural communities. write a paper that evaluates the current systems of response to victimization and include suggestions for improvement of social agencies and community resources. How. can social agencies that interact with victims be improved? How can community resources be improved? The positions taken in this paper must be clearly supported by literature as well as by fabulous student thinking. different from official government agencies. Essay number three: 20% of final grade. accuracy of the answer and ability to clearly articulate findings. Limit discussion to a city as a community. Write based on a question or interest that developed during your preparation for classes. Grading: Spend time with literature. or up to ten pages. Funding may be discussed in this essay as the student wishes. Limit discussion to neighborhoods as communities. Essay Number Four/Research Paper: 25% of final grade. Due: 3/24 In this last of this essay series. including academic literature. Suggestions for the final essay: Witness intimidation If the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms.

This essay is due on 4/14. your choice of topic and your ability to express yourself about the topic. Answers to the questions are due on May 13. essay questions will be given to students during the last day of class. . Answers must be reflect comprehension of course material. Final Examination: 20% of final grade.Victimology Spring 2014 Suicide prevention on college campuses The current emergency mental health system in America The impact of the Innocence Project on the American criminal justice system Stand-your-ground laws in the United States Stop and Frisk laws in the United States Racism as it relates to one form of victimization Social justice as it relates to one form of victimization Victim/offender concept as it relates to one form of victimization The impact of incarceration on families This paper can be as short as five pages or as long as it takes you to express a research summary. independent from each other. Due May 13 At least three. This paper will be graded on the depth of your literature review. when the semester ends. The essay questions will be related to course content.

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 2/24 Risks for Victimization Dr. Brown Guest: Victim of child sexual abuse Azucena Ugarte Essay one due Director of Education and Training. Women Against Abuse.D. Brown 2/3 Family Violence 2/10 Abuse of Children 2/17 Victims and the Criminal Justice System Kevin Harden J. Philadelphia Dr. Brown 1/27 Victimization Re-victimization Dr.Victimology Spring 2014 Lecture Schedule Date Topic Speaker Assignment Reminders 1/15 Course Introduction Victimization Dr. Brown Essay Two Due 3/3 Sexual Violence Dr. Brown Guest: Victim of sexual assault .

Victimology Spring 2014 3/17 Human Trafficking 3/24 Hate Crimes & Bullying Cultural Aspects of Victimization Guest: Survivor of Human Trafficking Dr. Brown 4/28 Mass Incarceration Dr. Answers due May 13 . Brown 4/7 Project Innocence Marissa Bluestein Pennsylvania Innocence Project Guest: innocent/exonerated and released from prison 4/14 Stalking in the technology era Dr. Brown Final exam questions will be distributed. Cronin Corporal Pennsylvania State Police Research paper due 4/21 Diagnosis and treatment of mental illness – history and current dilemmas Dr. Brown Essay three due 3/31 Juveniles Dr.

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