Syllabus for 270

HUSR 270 Syllabus

Introduction to Victimology Office hours:
Tue. 12:30-1, T/R 1:00-3:50, Thur. 12:30-1
Also by appointment
Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA
Office Phone (714) 484-7000 ext. 48220
3 units transfer credit
Prerequisite: None


  • Glicken, Morley D., Sechrest, Dale K., The Role of Helping Professionals
  • In Treating The Victims of Victims And Perpetrators of Violence
  • Massachusetts Allyn and Bacon 2004

Course Description:
This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the emerging social concerns regarding the cost of victimization to our society today. It provides education, information on existing resources, and direct participation in the creation and expansion of existing resources.
Instructional Objectives:
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify community resources available to victims of violent and nonviolent 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.

Course Content and Scope
1. Introduction to major issues involving victimization of violent and nonviolent 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 nonviolent victims of crime.
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 Reaction 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 nonviolent 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:
It is expected that you do your own work, both during assignments and at the time of testing. Plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. Make sure that you understand all assignments and develop your own ideas using your own words. (see attached Academic Honesty Policy)
3. Student Services
Academic Accommodation Statement: “If you have a disability and believe that you will need accommodations, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Disabled Student Programs & Services as soon as possible. The DSS Office is located in the Cypress College Complex, 1st floor, (714) 484-7104 (voice) (714) 761-0961 (TDD).”
(See online Student Support Services)
4. 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.
5. Food and Beverages:
Refreshments are not permitted in the classroom. (water is allowed)
6. Cell Phones:
Please turn off all devices while class is in session. The use of cell phones during class will result in exclusion from this course.
Weekly Assignments:
Date Topics to be covered Text Readings
1-19 Course introduction Syllabus
1-21 The Impact of Victimization and Violence in America Chapter 1
1-26 Extent of Violence in America Chapter 2
1-28 The Social and Economic Cost of Violence Chapter 3
1-28 Review of Exam I
2-2 Exam I Chap.1-3
2-1 Family Violence Involving Adults Chapter 4
2-4 Violence to Children Chapter 5
2-9 Sexual Violence Chapter 6
2-11 Juvenile Violence Chapter 7
2-11 Review Exam II Chapter 4-7
2-16 Exam II Chapter 4-7
2-18 Workplace Violence Chapter 8
2-23 Random Acts of Violence Chapter 9
2-25 Treating Perpetrators of Violent Crime
3-2  Chapter 10
3-4/9 Societal Responses to Violence Chapter 11
3-11 Presentation of Term Papers
3-11 Review for Final (objective) Chapter 8-11
Essay questions Chapter 1-11
3-16 Final Exam 1-3:50 p.m.

Husr 270 Paper

HUSR 294

Careers in Criminal Justice

Please address the following questions using A.P.A. format within 3-5 typewritten pages.

1.What is your career vocation?

2.Why did you choose this vocation?

3.What are the basic requirements for employment?

4.What population will you serve? Be specific!

5.How is this vocation designed to improve or better society?

6.What special training or characteristics are needed to be effective in this position? Why are they needed? Be specific as to what benefit or contribution these skills provide.

7.What are the current salary benefits, or expected salary benefits for this vocation?

8.What are the current challenges or needed improvements required in this vacation, i.e. technology, training, funding, public awareness or support, etc?

9.What are the future trends facing this vocation based on the current or projected demands within society for the 21st. century?