Virgil Adams III

Virgil Adams III, M.A. Psychology

Human Services, Social Sciences
Sociology, Social Sciences


Phone: 714-484-7000 Ext : 48220

Office Hours : 9:00-9:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday

Location: Humanities Bldg. Rm.222J


Syllabus for 271

HUSR 271

HURS 271 Office H-245

Society and Victimology Office hours

Fall 2011 Tue/Thur.9-9:30 Tue. 9-9:30 Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA Thur. 9-9:30

E-Mail: Also by appt.

Web Office Phone
faculty.aspx?ID=vadams (714)484-7000
ext. 48220

3 units transfer creditPrerequisite:



Doerner, William.and Steven P. Lap, Victimology 5th. EditionAnderson Publishing Co. Ohio, 2008  

Course Description:

 This course will provide further understanding regarding the social problem of victimization with in-depth focus on both the perpetrator and victim. Interventions will be explored including the genesis and methods of addressing specific concerns utilizing self support tools from a clinical approach.

Instructional Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify community resources available to victims of violent and non-violent crime, and establish networks with those resources.
  2. Define social attitudes and behaviors towards victims.
  3. Demonstrate through discussion and written exercises an awareness of personal attitudes towards victims of crime including rape, incest, battering, child abuse, child sexual abuse, humiliation, betrayal and abandonment.
  4. Demonstrate through classroom exercises an understanding of treatment strategies for victims.
  5. Describe the processes of data collection, problem exploration, evaluation, and other aspects of social research.


1. Introduction to major issues involving victimization of violent and non-violent crime.

2. Historical perspective of victimization in our society.

3. Philosophical perspectives and orientation on;

a.) societies view of the victim

b.) role of the perpetrator

c.) children as victims

d.) emotional abuse

e.) physical abuse

f.) sexual abuse issues 

4.) The role of victim witness assistance programs;

a.) counseling the victim

b.) counseling the perpetrator

c.) counseling the family of the victim

5.) Students will demonstrate through written and oral exercises, their

knowledge of resources for both violent and no-violent victims of


6.) Classroom exercises will assess the ability of each student to make

appropriate referrals to community resources available to victims of a

variety of violent and non violent crimes.

7.) Oral and written presentation of Research Paper in a selected area of victimology. 

Instructional Methodologies:

1. Lecture (including guest speakers)

2. Group discussion and presentations (small and large).

3. Videos with class verbal and written critical analysis.

4. Discuss and review unit examinations.

5. Visit to Human Service Agency and Resources.

Methods of Evaluation:

1. Class participation (discussion and written exercises).

2. Written Mid-terms and Final Exam (The Final is comprehensive).

3. Written assignments displaying methods of critique critical thinking that focus on demonstrating historical and philosophical knowledge and issues related to the problems regarding victims violent and non-violent crimes.

Class Expectations and Procedures:

1. Attendance:

Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates two absences you may be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time!

If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class. All class members are relying on your cooperation.

2. Academic Honesty Policy:

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY: The college standards of academic honesty will be applied in this class. Academic dishonesty may result in an "F" on all or part of an assignment and referral to the dean. The complete policy may be found in the 2010-2011 College Catalog (pp. 9), the official publication addressing and guiding academic and student services policies. An electronic copy of the College Catalog is on the college website. The instructor reserves the right to submit student assignments to to check for textural similarities between those assignments, Internet sources and the assignment database. Students will be required to electronically submit their written work for plagiarism checking. Assignments submitted to will become part of their database and will be used only for plagiarism prevention and detection. 

3. Student Services

DISABLED STUDENTS PROGRAM AND SERVICES (DSPS)• A student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disabled Students Program & Services at 714-484-7104 or visit DSPS on the first floor of the Cypress College Complex, Room 100. For students who have already been determined eligible for DSPS services please provide the instructor with the proper form from DSPS in a timely manner, at the beginning of the semester and at least one week prior to the verified and identified need.

4. Sexual Harrassment

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION POLICY: The North Orange County Community College District Non-Discrimination Statement is found on p. 37 of the 2010-2011 College Catalog.

5. Emergency Procedures:

In the event of a emergency and classroom or building evacuation is required, please take personal belongings with you to a clear and safe area.

6. Food and Beverages:

Refreshments are not permitted in the classroom. (water is allowed)

7. Beepers and Cell Phones:

Please turn off all devices while class is in session. (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Weekly Assignments:Date Topics to be covered Text Readings

8-16 Course introduction Syllabus

8-18/23 The scope of Victimology Chapter 1


8-30 Gauging the extinct of Criminal Chapter 2

9-1 Victimization

9-6/8 The cost of being a Victim Chapter 3

9-13/15 Remedying the plight of Victims Chapter 4

9-20 Review of Exam I

9-22 Exam I Chap.1-4

9-27/29 Sexual Assault Chapter 5

10-4/6 Spousal Abuse Chapter 6

10-11/13 Child Maltreatment Chapter 7

10-18/20 Elder Abuse Chapter 8


10-27 Review Exam II Chap.4-7

11-1 Exam II Chap.5-8

11-3/8 Homicide Chapter 9

11-15/17 Victimization at Work and School Chapter 10

11-22/24 Victim Rights Chapter 11

11-29 Presentation of Term Papers


12-6 Review for Final (objective) Chap.9-11

Essay questions Chap.1-1112-8

Final Exam