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Legal & Law Programs ►Victimology Certificate Program with Externship


Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity



The Victimology Profession

Individuals have been victimized by crime and other violent incidents for centuries, yet the study of crime victims is only in its infancy by comparison. Law enforcement professionals have recently begun studying the long-term effects on victims of crimes, particularly those who have suffered ongoing or perpetual offenses. Professionals in this field have the opportunity to work with law enforcement and various social services agencies as well as criminal court systems to make sure victims are properly advocated for and represented in these instances.


TheVictimology Program

This comprehensive program in the study of victims of crime, Victimology, covers contemporary developments in the field of victimology, its conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature as well as the various subfields that make up this subject within criminology and criminal justice. The program provides students with an extensive overview of the principles and concepts of victimology, the various types of violence that lead to different types of victimization as well as the motives behind such actions and both the short and long-term effects on individuals and society as a whole. Students will have the opportunity to analyze victimization patterns and trends, the theoretical reasoning and responses to criminal victimization as well as the overall offender-victim relationships. Finally the program will look at how victimology has been used in the criminal justice to date, its uses and limitations as well as the implications of this study for criminal justice purposes going forward.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available to different victims of crime, particularly violent crime, this program examines the causes of victimization and looks at theories associated with violent victimization. It analyzes the offender-victim relationship and presents ideas on preventing violence and responding to victimization.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to violence and victimization
  • Examine the concept of victimization
  • Trace the development of theories of victimization
  • Differentiate between types of violence
  • Examine offender-victim relationships
  • Analyze injustices by the criminal justice system
  • Examine motives for terrorism
  • Assess laws to combat terrorism
  • Appraise ways of responding to criminal victimization
  • Use Microsoft Office

THEORIES AND REPORTING OF VICTIMIZATION

  • Define terms related to theories and reporting measures of victimization
  • Differentiate sources of data on crime and victimization
  • Describe the fear of violent crime
  • Summarize the impact of victimization
  • Outline theories of victimization
  • Map the development of theories of victimization

VICTIMS OF STALKING, INTIMATE PARTNERS, AND ELDER ABUSE

  • Define terms related to stalking
  • Define terms related to intimate partner violence
  • Define terms related to elder abuse and neglect
  • Describe stalking
  • Restate anti-stalking legislation
  • Discuss intimate partner violence
  • Identify how to recognize a potentially abusive partner
  • Describe nursing home negligence
  • Explain elder abuse and neglect
  • Differentiate between the types of intimate violence
  • Examine offender-victim relationships

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CHILD ABUSE, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

  • Define terms related to domestic violence
  • Define terms related to child abuse and neglect
  • Define terms related to sexual violence
  • Review laws regarding domestic violence
  • Discuss victims of sexual violence
  • Differentiate between the types of intimate violence
  • Examine offender-victim relationships

STRANGER VIOLENCE AND VICTIMIZATION

  • Define terms related to robbery
  • Define terms related to murders and assaults
  • Describe victimization as it relates to robbery
  • Explain victimization as it relates to murder and assaults by strangers
  • Differentiate between the types of violence from strangers
  • Examine offender-victim relationships

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE, HARASSMENT, AND VICTIMIZATION

  • Define terms related to workplace violence and harassment
  • Identify categories of workplace violence
  • Give examples of warning signs of violence
  • List examples of sources of distress that can result in workplace violence
  • Differentiate between the types of workplace violence and harassment
  • Examine offender-victim relationships

EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR WORKPLACE VIOLENCE, HARASSMENT AND VICTIMIZATION

  • Define terms related to workplace violence and harassment
  • Outline employer liability for workplace victimization
  • Discuss the legal liability for sexual harassment
  • Identify ways to reduce violence in the workplace

SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND VICTIMIZATION

  • Define terms related to school violence
  • Summarize school crime and violence research
  • Analyze how teachers are at risk
  • Identify early warning signs of violent behavior
  • Discuss prevention and response to school violence
  • Analyze risk factors associated with youth violence
  • Differentiate between the types of school violence
  • Examine offender-victim relationships

CRIMINAL JUSTICE INJUSTICE

  • Define terms related to criminal justice injustice
  • Discuss inadvertent injustice within the criminal justice system
  • Describe deliberate victimization within the criminal justice system
  • Identify sources of injustice by the police
  • Examine possible solutions for police injustice

CRIMINAL JUTICE INJUSTICE IN LEGISLATION AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

  • Define terms related to criminal justice injustice
  • Examine injustices in relation to crime legislation
  • Discuss violence and victimization in correctional facilities

THE VIOLENCE OF TERRORISM

  • Define domestic and international terrorism
  • Identify methods used for terrorism
  • Describe the objectives of terrorism
  • Examine the motives for terrorism
  • Compare and contrast domestic and international terrorism
  • Discuss the efforts made by the United States to combat terrorism

RESPONDING TO CRIMINAL VICTIMIZATION PROACTIVELY

  • Define terms related to responding to criminal victimization
  • Identify various measures of personal protection
  • Describe major crime prevention programs
  • Examine proactive responses to criminal victimization

RESPONDING TO CRIMINAL VICTIMIZATION REACTIVELY

  • Identify ways of responding to criminal victimization
  • Appraise reactive ways of responding to criminal victimization
  • Examine the concept of victimization

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.