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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEND 101 or GEND 102 or SOCI 103 or 54 points
GEND 309
Schedule C
Arts and Music

This paper is especially suitable for students taking the Criminology minor or the 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: two hours per week.
Tutorials: one 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, Teamwork.
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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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Semester 2

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 30-34, 36-41
T2 Thursday 09:00-09:50 30-34, 36-41
T3 Friday 14:00-14:50 30-34, 36-41