PSYC 333

Psychology of Victims

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

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.


Special information

Overlap: PSYC 333T Victimization Theory Seminar.

Learning outcomes


  • Learn a biopsychosocial view of victimization.
  • To understand secondary victimization including human service professionals as victims and gender roles in victimization.
  • Understand the changes in the assumptive world of the victim.
  • Understand the psychosocial dynamics of victimization.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.