Victimology

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (14 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1611X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Other Delivery Options

Full-time On Campus

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides professionals with specialized knowledge and skills in victimology and in the provision of victim services.

Students develop an understanding of victims' rights, sudden and traumatic loss, victim populations and crime and its effects on victims in the criminal justice system. History and theories of victimization are explored, with an applied victim-centred focus. A practicum experience in victim services provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with victim service agencies in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of victim services and advocacy. Specific course emphasis is given to issues such as childhood physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within six years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited to students who:

  • Are committed to developing specialized knowledge and skills related to victimology and victim services.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Work successfully in a team environment.
  • Thrive in a variety of challenging work settings and are able to work effectively under stressful situations.
  • Are advocates of victim rights.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a variety of occupational fields providing services to victims of crime, including social services, child protection, crisis response, the criminal justice system and in policy areas related to victimization.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • A university degree in one of the following fields of study: social work, criminology, law, psychology, counselling, nursing, sociology or other related degree; OR
  • A college diploma in social services, youth services, police foundations, early childhood education, child and youth worker, community and justice services, or any other related area, or equivalent; AND
    • 1-3 years related volunteer or paid experience or equivalent in the vulnerable sector is required, and
    • A Letter of Intent.
    • An interview with the Program Coordinator may be required for clarification of the documents submitted.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.
Police Records Check Documentation:

Though not an admission requirement, applicants must note important information listed below regarding Police Record Check program requirements.

Successful completion of a field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Victimology program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require proof of a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program and do not have a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Field Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your department file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Coordinator or Academic Manager.

All courses must be completed prior to registering for VIC2006 - Practicum and VIC2007 - Practicum Seminar.

Program Eligibility
  • A university degree in one of the following fields of study: social work, criminology, law, psychology, counselling, nursing, sociology or other related degree, or
  • A college diploma in social services, youth services, police foundations, early childhood education, child and youth worker, community and justice services, or any other related area, or equivalent, and
  • 1-3 years related volunteer or paid experience or equivalent, and
  • Letter of Intent.
  • An interview with the program coordinator may be required for clarification of the documents submitted.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22
Police Records Check Documentation

Successful completion of a field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Victimology program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require proof of a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program and do not have a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Field Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your department file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Coordinator or Academic Manager.

All courses must be completed prior to registering for VIC2006 - Practicum and VIC2007 - Practicum Seminar.

Notes

  • As a course registrant, you may only register for a maximum of three courses in the program.
  • Should you wish to complete the program, you must meet the program admission requirements, and formally apply to be accepted into the program.
  • Courses taken within six semesters from the first course registration may be applied toward the program once you are accepted as a program registrant. However, the College reserves the right to determine your eligibility for program admittance.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Lindsay Spires at spiresl@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 6284.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
Series: 01
VIC000145.0Victimology: Theoretical PerspectivesOnline Learning
VIC000245.0Victims of CrimeOnline Learning
VIC000345.0Victimization and the LawOnline Learning
VIC000445.0Violence Against WomenOnline Learning
VIC000530.0Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding and Reducing VictimizationOnline Learning
VIC000630.0Victims and the MediaOnline Learning
VIC000730.0Men as VictimsOnline Learning
Series: 02
VIC200145.0Childhood VictimizationOnline Learning
VIC200230.0Diversity and Victim AssistanceOnline Learning
VIC200330.0Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care and Professional PracticeOnline Learning
VIC200445.0Victimology: Assessment and InterventionOnline Learning
VIC200545.0Victim Assistance ServicesOnline Learning
VIC2006146.0PracticumOnline Learning
VIC200714.0Practicum SeminarOnline Learning

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

VIC0001 Victimology: Theoretical Perspectives

The majority of Canadians experience criminal victimization at some point in their lifetime. The meaning of the term victim is explored through theoretical perspectives and case studies. Students conduct critical analysis and learn research methods in the field of victimology. Students are introduced to victim classifications, community victimization, the link between victimization and offending and violence prevention strategies. Special attention is also given to the examination of the development of victims' rights at the regional, national and international level.

VIC0002 Victims of Crime

It is essential for professionals in the field of victimology to ensure that victims of crime are not further traumatized by the very interventions designed to assist. Students examine the impact of various types of victimization including cyber-crime, homicide, sexual assault, elder abuse, drunk driving, assault, intimate partner violence, globalization, human trafficking and fraud. Students explore issues of grief, loss, trauma response and the costs associated with victimization. Case studies and role playing, assessment, advocacy and advanced communication skills are developed through discussion.

VIC0003 Victimization and the Law

Being a victim of crime thrusts a person into a number of legal systems. Students critically examine legal systems from a victims' perspective. Particular focus is placed on the criminal and family law systems and how they intersect. Relevant legislation, as well as recommendations from inquests and inquiries are examined. Restorative justice and victims' rights are explored.

VIC0004 Violence Against Women

Students learn theory and practical skills essential to assist women who are victims of violence. Students examine historical and social perspectives of violence against women; issues of power and authority within a feminist theoretical framework; different forms of violence against women, such as sexual violence and femicide; and women's varied experiences of violence (as impacted by race, class, sexual orientation, ability and age). Through a combination of case studies, literature and media analysis, group activities and discussion, practical demonstrations, role-plays, and community research students learn how to support women who are victims of violence, to assess women for risk of violence, to recommend personal safety plans, and to best advocate for appropriate and needed services.

VIC0005 Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding and Reducing Victimization

Aboriginal Peoples are over-represented both as victims and offenders. Students explore the impact of the residential schools, effects of colonialism on traditional values and culture, as well as structural victimization. Students critically examine and assess Canada's principal approaches to addressing victimization and offending by and against Aboriginal Peoples. Through discussion and experiential learning from an Aboriginal perspective, students gain insight and understanding of Aboriginal teachings, Aboriginal worldview, culturally relevant healing, crime prevention and restorative justice.

VIC0006 Victims and the Media

Crime is frequently reported and sensationalized in the media. Students are sensitized to the impact of the media on victims of crime. Through a review of current events, students evaluate the role of the media in the lives of victims, paying particular attention to privacy issues. Students develop media research, communication and public relations skills to effectively advocate for victims' issues in the media.

VIC0007 Men as Victims

Men are more likely to be victims of stranger assaults. Unique issues of men's experiences when victimized by crime are explored. Masculinity theory is discussed and the victim-offender continuum is examined. Response to and reporting of crime is analyzed. Through discussions, examination of case studies and lectures, students demonstrate an understanding of the victimization of men.

VIC2001 Childhood Victimization

Childhood victimization can have long-term negative impacts and shape the way a person views the world and those surrounding them. Students examine short- and long-term effects of childhood victimization and gender-related issues. Common myths are explored regarding children's symptoms and the effects of childhood victimization. Students gain an understanding of criminal and child welfare investigations, as well as relevant legislation and professional requirements related to reporting and documentation. Child development (ages, stages, capacities) and parental/guardian considerations are explored. Students develop the interpersonal skills necessary to listen to and to interview children and their families. Emphasis is placed on appropriate victim support and prevention of recurrence.

VIC2002 Diversity and Victim Assistance

Students develop the knowledge and skills required to provide culturally competent services to victims. Students explore the dynamics of difference from a personal and professional perspective. Emphasis is given to marginalized and minoritized populations. Through critical analysis and examination of core concepts (identity, equity, anti-oppression, reflective practice and cultural competency), students learn how to work with all populations requiring victim services while applying an anti-oppression framework.

VIC2003 Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care and Professional Practice

Working with victims of crime is a demanding profession. Students learn the principles of debriefing, self-care and stress management. Students are able to understand their personal strengths and limitations and to develop and critique personal strategies for managing occupational stress. Special attention is given to working within professional guidelines and to the creation of individual plans for professional development. Through examination of Victim Service Standards students develop knowledge of ethical codes, confidentiality and ongoing education that guide professional practice in victim services.

VIC2004 Victimology: Assessment and Intervention

Victim assistance workers must be able to plan and implement skills and techniques aimed at the prevention of crime and healing of victims. Students are introduced to the theoretical basis and practice of victim service interventions. Students learn to conduct threat assessments, triage, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and non-violent crisis intervention. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing and addressing the acute needs of victims in crisis, and delivering interventions from a client-centred perspective.

VIC2005 Victim Assistance Services

Victim service professionals are required to collaborate with service agencies to plan, deliver and evaluate victim service programs and initiatives. Students research and identify the vast array of community, provincial and national services, including financial remedies, counselling, mental health, medical and addiction services. Students learn to facilitate interagency communication and multidisciplinary case management. Through case studies, students identify and assess the needs of victims, identify the most appropriate referrals, and present strategies and approaches that can be used to advocate for victims within and between various systems.

VIC2006 Practicum

In collaboration with faculty and agency personnel, students work in an agency providing victim-centred services, research, or advocacy. This practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and to contribute to victim service initiatives within a community setting. Those already working with an approved victim services agency may opt, in consultation with their supervisor, to conduct a research project within their agency. Students reflect on their learning through seminars, discussions and journals.

Pre-requisites: VIC0001 AND VIC0002 AND VIC0003 AND VIC0004 AND VIC0005 AND VIC0006 AND VIC0007

VIC2007 Practicum Seminar

Students are prepared for effective and productive performance in the field through discussion groups and tutorial/consultation regarding their practicum. Seminars involve the discussion of issues relating to the placement environment and the analysis of on-the-job situations. Students complete their documentation and interviews with their field placement supervisor and faculty liaison.