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GEND309 Critical Victimology (Advanced)

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 (Advanced)
Paper code GEND309
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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18 200-level GEND, CRIM or SOCI points or 54 points
GEND 209
Schedule C
Arts and Music

The paper is open to students who meet the prerequisite, and it is especially suitable for students taking the Criminology minor Gender Studies major or 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 third week


Textbooks are not required for this paper.  The weekly readings are available via e-reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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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 about the rights of crime victims in the justice setting

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system