Course Objective

This course will provide a theoretical and empirical approach on
criminal victimization. Students will learn a wide range of theories
and perspectives on victimization, and will be equipped to apply this
knowledge on empirical research. During lectures students will be
expected to critically evaluate the theories and actively participate in
discussions. During the seminars the students will conduct an empirical
quantitative research project on which they will be expected to produce
a scientific fact sheet. The students are required to have SPSS

Course Content

Students should emerge from the course with (1) awareness of a range of
theoretical notions about criminal victimization and it’s consequences;
(2) awareness of different ways of victimological research methods
(descriptive, correlational and experimental) and understanding of their
weaknesses and strengths; (3) the ability to reflect on various
theoretical perspectives on victimization and be able to present and
visualize them; (4) the ability to conduct victimological research and
present results; and (5) excitement about victimology, both
theoretically and empirically.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 7 lectures and 6 seminars. Attendance of the
lectures and seminars is not compulsory, but highly recommended to pass
this course.

Method of Assessment

Exam and assignment


Articles, will follow.

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for: Students
from other universities/faculties, Contractor (students who pay for one

Recommended background knowledge


General Information

Course Code R_Victimo
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator dr. C.J.W. van den Berg
Examiner dr. C.J.W. van den Berg
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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