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Victimology (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1408
School:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This online program will benefit professionals within a variety of occupational fields providing services to victims of crime including social services, child protection, crisis response, the criminal justice system and in policy areas related to victimization. Students develop an understanding of victims' rights, sudden and traumatic loss, victim populations, crime and its effects on victims in the criminal justice system. History and theories of victimization are explored along with victim services agencies in the planning, delivery and evaluation of victim services and advocacy. Specific course emphasis is given to issues such as childhood physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

University degree in one of the following fields of study; social work, criminology, law, psychology, counseling, nursing, sociology or other related degree,

Or

A college diploma in social services, youth services, police foundations, early childhood education, community and justice services, or any other related area, or equivalent,

And

1-3 years relevant volunteer or paid experience or equivalent.

Admission Procedures

How to Register for Courses

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Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OLRN1412 Victimology: Theoretical Perspectives
Description: The majority of Canadians experience criminal victimization at some point in their lifetime. This course explores the meaning of the concept “victim” through theoretical perspectives and case studies. Students conduct critical analyses and examine research methods in the field of victimology. Students examine victim classifications, communities as victims, the link between victimization and offending, and violence prevention strategies. Special attention will also be given to the examination of the development of victims' rights at the regional, national and international level.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1457 Victims of Crime
Description: It is essential for professionals in the field of victimology to ensure that victims of crime are not further traumatized by the very interventions designed to assist. Students examine the impact of various types of victimization including, cyber-crime, homicide, sexual assault, elder abuse, drunk driving, assault, intimate partner violence, globalization, human trafficking and fraud. Students explore issues of grief, loss, trauma response and the costs associated with victimization. Through discussion, case studies and role playing, assessment, advocacy, and advanced communication skills are developed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1483 Victimization and the Law
Description: Being a victim of crime thrusts a person into a number of legal systems. Students critically examine legal systems from a victims' perspective. Particular focus is placed on the criminal and family law systems and how they intersect. Relevant legislation, as well as recommendations from inquests and inquiries are examined. Restorative justice and victims' rights are explored through discussions and case studies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1497 Childhood Victimization
Description: Childhood victimization can have long-term negative impacts and shape the way a person views the world and those surrounding them. Students examine short and long-term effects of childhood victimization and gender related issues. Common myths are explored regarding children's symptoms and the effects of childhood victimization. Students gain an understanding of criminal and child welfare investigations, as well as relevant legislation and professional requirements related to reporting and documentation. Child development (ages, stages, capacities) and parental/guardian considerations are explored. Through a combination of lectures, case studies and discussions, students develop the interpersonal skills necessary to listen to and to interview children and their families. Emphasis is place on appropriate victim support and prevention recurrence.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OLRN1412
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1533 Diversity and Victim Assistance
Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to provide culturally competent services to victims. Students explore the dynamics of difference from a personal and professional perspective. Emphasis is given to marginalized and minoritized populations. Through critical analysis and examination of core concepts (identity, equity, anti-oppression, reflective practice and cultural competency) students learn how to work with all populations requiring victims services while applying and anti-oppression framework.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1537 Victimology: Assessment and Intervention
Description: Victim assistance workers must be able to plan and implement skills and techniques aimed at the prevention of crime and healing of victims. Students are introduced to the theoretical basis and practice of victim service interventions. Through lectures, class discussions and role play, students learn to conduct threat assessments, triage, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and non-violent crisis intervention. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing and addressing the acute needs of victims in crisis, and delivering interventions from a client-centred perspective.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1543 Victim Assistance Services
Description: Victim service professionals are required to collaborate with service agencies to plan, delivery and evaluate victim service programs and initiatives. Students research and identify the vast array of community, provincial and national services, including financial remedies, counselling, mental health, medical and addiction services. Students learn to facilitate interagency communication and multidisciplinary case management. Through case studies, students identify and assess needs of victims, identify the most appropriate referrals, and present strategies and approaches that can be used to advocate for victims within and between various systems.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s)
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OLRN1493 Violence Against Women

Description: In this course, students learn theory and practical skills essential to assist women victims of violence. Students examine historical and social perspectives of violence against women; issues of power and authority within a feminist theoretical framework; different forms of violence against women, such as sexual violence and femicide; and women's varied experiences of violence (as impacted by race, class, sexual orientation, ability and age). Through a combination of case studies, literature and media analysis, group activities and discussion, practical demonstrations, role-plays, and community research students learn how to support women victims of violence, to assess women for risk of violence, to recommend personal safety plans, and to best advocate for appropriate and needed services.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed
OLRN1547 Men As Victims

Description: Men are more likely to be victims of stranger assaults. This course explores the unique issues of men's experiences when victimized by crime. Masculinity theory is discussed and the victim offender continuum is examined. Response to and reporting of crimes is analyzed. Through discussions, examination of case studies and lectures, students demonstrate an understanding of the victimization of men.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed

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Program Contact

Jonathon Plumbtree, jplumbtree@conestogac.on.ca, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2316

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