CR6801: Trauma and Victimology: Key Issues, Methods and Structures

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 8, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 75hr(s) Other (self-directed learning with online programme materials); 12hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussions); 30hr(s) Other (reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.
Lecturer(s): Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.
Module Objective: The purpose of this module is to have students engage with contemporary issues, debates and perspectives within victimology as it pertains to the experience of trauma.
Module Content: a. Introduction to the history and overview of victimology.
b. The social reaction to victims of crime; victim labelling, gender expectations, social norms.
c. Victims and the Court System.
d. In the aftermath of victimisation.
e. Victims in recent cultural/sociological theories.
f. Disasters and Victimisation.
g. Victims of political violence.
h. Victimisation of vulnerable groups, minorities, children, gender issues.
i. The victim perpetrator complex.
j. The intergenerational transmission of trauma.
k. Culture, memory and trauma.
l. Collectives victimhood and hierarchies of victimhood.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain what victimology is, how it emerged and describe the key theoretical positions.
  • Reflect upon sociology conceptualizations of trauma.
  • Evaluate the current strengths and limitations of victimological research.
  • Assess the personal and social implications of trauma for victims.
  • Theorise about the complex reality of victimization during armed conflicts.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,250 word essay, 50 marks; 1 x 1,250 word case study, 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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