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GEND209 Critical Victimology

The emergence of victimology within the field of criminology, the evolution of different victimological perspectives, and the relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system.

Victimology is a branch of criminology devoted to the study of criminal victimisation, focusing on crime's precursors, events and impacts.

Paper title Critical Victimology
Paper code GEND209
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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GEND 101 or GEND 102 or SOCI 103 or 54 points
GEND 309
Schedule C
Arts and Music
The paper is open to students who meet the prerequisite, and it is especially suitable for students taking the Gender Studies minor or major or Criminology minor.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Rebecca Stringer
Paper Structure
There are three key themes:
  • The emergence of victimology
  • The evolution of different victimological perspectives
  • The relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system
Within each theme, attention is paid to criminal victimisation in relation to social difference, especially gender, race-ethnicity and class.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials: 1 hour per week starting from the second week
Textbooks are not required for this paper.A course reader will be available to purchase.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • A broad knowledge of the literature and key debates of victimology
  • Comparing and contrasting traditional and emergent approaches of critical and radical victimology
  • Analysis of social perceptions of and reactions to crime and victimisation
  • Examining debates of the rights of crime victims in the justice setting

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Friday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41