Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Short courses

Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Professional Practice

  • Date: 24 September 2018
  • Course Type: Short course

This short course provides you with an insight to the difficulties and challenges presented to people who become victims of crime, whether or not they choose to report the crime. You will learn about significant reforms that have introduced victim-centred policies and legislation, placing increasing responsibility and accountability upon all criminal justice professionals, and a range of other agencies that work with victims of crime. This programme will introduce you to the underpinning theories that have informed our understanding of the processes of victimisation and influenced how victims of crime are responded to. You will examine the impact of victimisation and learn how to identify individuals and groups who may be more vulnerable and at greater risk of victimisation. You will also explore the development of services and support, and critically examine the impact of victim-centred reforms upon professional cultures and practices, with a focus upon the outcomes for victims.

The credits gained from this course can contribute towards attaining the MSc Victimology.

  • Mode of delivery: Online, distance learning
  • Duration of course: 12 weeks, 24th September to 14th December 2018
  • Course Leader: Dr Jacki Tapley, Principal Lecturer, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Course Fee: £750.00
  • Credit: 30 credits Level 7
  • Entry requirements: Undergraduate degree or related professional experience

Materials

Six chapters of written materials with guided and interactive activities are available online for this course:

  • Defining victims and victimisation
  • Theoretical perspectives in Victimology
  • The impact of victimisation
  • Victims and the criminal justice process
  • Policies and legislation
  • Working in partnership to deliver services and support to victims of crime

At the core of the University of Portsmouth Distance Learning delivery model is the blended learning approach, which incorporates written learning materials, an online interactive reading list, visual and aural learning resources and web based communication and peer learning. The University of Portsmouth utilises the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment to facilitate e- learning between tutors and amongst students.

Objectives

You will be able to gain:

  • a greater understanding of the processes of victimisation and how this informs both informal and formal responses to victims of crime.
  • an appreciation of the impact of victimisation and an understanding of the criminal justice process from a victim perspective.
  • a critical appreciation of the impact of victim-centred reforms and knowledge of policies and legislation.
  • a critical understanding of the impact of victim-centred reforms upon professional cultures and practices.

Assessments

You will have the opportunity to reflect upon your academic learning and (if appropriate) professional practice, by contributing to a shared discussion forum, allowing students to share experiences and examples of good practice. Your final marks will be assessed by an online quiz (30%) and a final 3000-word essay (70%) in response to one of four questions. You will receive feedback on your essay plan, to help you prepare to write the final essay.

Facilities

You will have access to the following, to maximise your progression:

  • Provision of a named unit coordinator to access support and guidance where required.
  • Provision of an Online Interactive Reading list ensuring a speedy delivery of reading material.
  • Access to an ever-growing library of e-books and e-journals in victimology/criminology and criminal justice.
  • Free dispatch of books and offprints of journal articles to UK distance learning students when these are not available online.
  • Students will be entitled to a students’ card for the duration of the course.
  • After successful completion of the two assessments students will be entitled to a transcript of studies and a University Certificate.
  • The credits gained from this course can contribute towards attaining the MSc Victimology.

To apply

To apply, you will need an undergraduate degree and/or demonstrate professional work experience, including volunteering, in related areas, such as police and criminal justice work, social work, health and care practitioners, third sector agencies and other non-governmental organisations, etc.

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English Language

You will need a sufficient level of English for this course, in order to understand the material and pass assignments. You will need to demonstrate your English language level by taking an English language test and sending us your results with your application. Language requirements are in accordance with standard University entry requirements, which is International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 for postgraduate level.

There are some country exceptions to English language requirements. Please see individual country webpages for more details. The test can be taken worldwide at approved centres.


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