Metropolitan State University

PSYC 333 : Psychology of Victims

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: PSYC 100 General Psychology or equivalent with instructor's consent.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
 
This course defines the psychosocial dynamics of victimology, identifies the psychological stages of victimization, and defines relationship dynamics between the victim and the victimizer. It describes the concepts of secondary victimization, stress response syndrome, and anomie and victimization. Students examine the roles of women and human service professionals as victims in a class discussion format. Overlap: PSYC 333T Victimization Theory Seminar.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/01/1998 - 09/05/1999 09/06/1999 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Learn a biopsychosocial view of victimization.
  2. To understand secondary victimization including human service professionals as victims and gender roles in victimization.
  3. Understand the changes in the assumptive world of the victim.
  4. Understand the psychosocial dynamics of victimization.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
    None
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  2. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  3. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
G. Special Information
Overlap: PSYC 333T Victimization Theory Seminar.