I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 250

       Course Name: Victimology

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on the criminal event from both the perspective of victims and the motives of offenders. It will examine victimization patterns, typologies, lifestyles, causal factors, consequences and the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system. Students will identify pre-incident warning signs and learn about strategies used to prevent future harm.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • 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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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 Field and Scope of Victimology
  • The Extent of Victimization
  • Costs of Being a Victim
  • Plight of Victims
  • Sexual Assault
  • Spouse Abuse
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Elder Abuse
  • Homicide
  • Victimization at Work and School
  • Restorative Justice
  • Victim Rights

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will employ interactive lectures, discussions, in-class group activities, in-class and out-of-class assignments, and/or demonstrations.  Instruction is designed to maximize student mastery of the learning objectives of the course.

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.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  • Most current editions of the following:
    The textbooks listed below are not an exclusive list. Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

  • Victimology: A Study of Crime Victims and Their Roles
    • By Sqarzi and McDevitt (Prentice Hall)
  • Victimology
    • By Doerner and Lab (Anderson Publishing)
  • Understanding Violence and Victimization
    • By Meadows (Prentice Hall)
  • Crime Victims: An Introduction to Victimology
    • By Karmen (Wadsworth Publishing)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

This course is made up of numerous graded and upgraded activities listed below.

  • Graded Assignments
  • Discussion Forums
  • Research papers
  • Writing Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Presentations
  • Article review
  • Final exam
  • Reading assignments

Letter grades for the course will be based on the following suggested grading scale.

Letter Grade  Percentage Grade Point
A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
F 0-59%

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.