LAW40980 Victims

Academic Year 2022/2023

Victims have become increasingly salient in academic, political and media discourse, reflecting a growing awareness of the need to support, inform and protect people who have suffered harm arising from a criminal offence. In recent years, initiatives designed to assist victims and help them to participate more fully in the criminal justice process have been introduced in many jurisdictions, including Ireland. This module explores what is known about victims of crime and their experiences of the criminal justice process.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of key theoretical, methodological and conceptual issues in victimisation research

• Critically examine key debates and controversies concerning the victim’s role in the criminal justice process

• Evaluate recent legal, policy and practice developments

• Demonstrate awareness of issues related to specific victim groups, particularly victims of sexual violence and victims labelled as 'vulnerable'

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches include seminars, active/task-based learning; group work; critical writing; reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2,000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: 2,000 word assignment Week 10 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Weekly reflective learning journals Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

This module is assessed by means of an essay, assignment and reflective journal. Feedback will be provided in the form of written group feedback through Brightspace within 20 working days of the submission date. Students may request a meeting with the module coordinator to obtain individual feedback on their assessments.