PSYC 382: Psychology of Crime Victims

PSYC 382-001: Psychology of Crime Victims
(Fall 2021)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 131

Section Information for Fall 2021

Follows the stories of 13 different victims of crime, through interviews conducted with each victim, in an effort to understand the victim’s individual experiences of victimization. Psychological theory and research data are applied to the interviews to analyze and evaluate
the unique and similar aspects of each victim’s experience in areas including immediate, short term, and long-term psychological and physiological impact of victimization, PTSD, depression, anxiety, the effects of childhood trauma on victim experiences, and other topics as necessary. The roles and responsibilities of mental health professionals, victim advocates, and law enforcement officers are also described and evaluated with respect to empathy, professional behavior, and best practices. The crimes covered in the course include murder, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse and exploitation, hate crimes, robbery, workplace harassment, and stalking.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores short-term and long-term psychological effects of crime on victims through interviews with survivors of childhood abduction, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, and child abuse, among others. Evaluates roles and responsibilities of mental professionals and law enforcement when interacting with crime victims. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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