Special Course Descriptions

SOC 394 10 Victimology
Professor Lange

The concepts and theories surrounding victimization in the U.S. resulting from violent crime and white collar crime form the basis of this course. Students will explore the history and social context of the American victims movement. They will develop an understanding of how victimization data is collected (i.e. national surveys; emergency room data, etc) and will learn about victim services provided nationally as well as on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Discussions of race, gender, and economic class will be woven through the analysis of specific victim categories such as: domestic and family violence; hate crimes; violent street incidents; sexual violence; campus violence; identity; and government benefit thefts. The course will present students with experiential learning opportunities as well as a forum for assessing public policy options that address the legal, financial, medical and emotional needs of crime victims and their families.