Subject Area: Criminology
This course provides an introduction to victims' rights and victimology as emerging areas of criminological theory and practice. Victimology, as a distinct discipline of criminology focused on the subjectivity and agency of the victim of crime, will phrase an inquiry into the various means by which victims are now accorded some role within the criminal justice system. The emerging significance of the victim will be assessed through the various programs now calling for the participation of the victim as relevant subjects of law and justice. These include frameworks of victims' rights, victims' compensation and the inclusion of victims in sentencing.