I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 250
Course Name: Victimology
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
• explain basic terms, concepts and ideas in Victimology
• evaluate the historical development of Victimology and its subfields
• analyze contemporary problems and trends in Victimology
• assess the functions, operations & management of the criminal justice system
• discuss and identify victims, the uniqueness of victims' roles, and current criminal victim assistance programs
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
• The Extent of Victimization
• Costs of Being a Victim
• Plight of Victims
• Sexual Assault
• Spouse Abuse
• Child Maltreatment
• Elder Abuse
• Victimization at Work and School
• Restorative Justice
• Victim Rights
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will complete written assignments, read the textbook and WebCT online materials, participate in online discussions, and engage in electronic quizzes, exams, activities, experiments, and demonstrations.
Computer Skills: For this course, students must be proficient in the use of a computer. Students are expected to know how to use a word processing program like MS Word to compose papers and to be able to use a search engine like Google to surf the Internet.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
• Discussion Forums
• Research papers
• Writing Assignments
• Article review
• Final exam
• Reading assignments
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.