Victimology


The Victimology program at Algonquin College is the first graduate certificate program offered by a Canadian College specializing in Victimology. Students learn to understand victim’s rights, sudden and traumatic loss, victim populations, crime, and its effects on victims in the criminal justice system. More than just theory, this unique one-year graduate certificate program puts students in the field so they can learn, first-hand, how to look at issues from the victim’s perspective.

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(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 1611X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This one-year 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-centered 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.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited to students who:

  • Want to acquire specialized knowledge and skills related to victimology and victim services.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Work successfully in a team environment.
  • Want to work 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.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
VIC0001 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. 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. 45.0
VIC0002 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. 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. 45.0
VIC0003 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 through discussions and case studies. 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 through discussions and case studies. 45.0
VIC0004 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. 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. 45.0
VIC0005 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. 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. 30.0
VIC0006 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. 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. 30.0
VIC0007 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. 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. 30.0
Level: 02 Hours
VIC2001 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. Through a combination of lectures, case studies and discussions 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. 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. Through a combination of lectures, case studies and discussions 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. 45.0
VIC2002 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. 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. 30.0
VIC2003 Working with victims of crime is a demanding profession. Students learn the principles of debriefing, self-care and stress management. Reflective activities and in-class discussions enable students 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. 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. Reflective activities and in-class discussions enable students 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. 30.0
VIC2004 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. Through lectures, class discussions and role play, 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. 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. Through lectures, class discussions and role play, 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. 45.0
VIC2005 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 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. 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 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. 45.0
VIC2006 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.

Prerequisites: VIC0001 and VIC0002 and VIC0003 and VIC0004 and VIC0005 and VIC0006 and VIC0007
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.

Prerequisites: VIC0001 and VIC0002 and VIC0003 and VIC0004 and VIC0005 and VIC0006 and VIC0007
146.0
VIC2007 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. 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. 14.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,563.97 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks.

Incidental Fee: $40 in Level 02.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $3,975 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $550. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. For information about books, go to www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks.

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 of volunteer or paid experience or equivalent in the vulnerable sector, 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 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: 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 Chair.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx

or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This program is also available through Online Learning. For more information, visit the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning website at algonquincollege.com/OL

For more information, please call the Police and Public Safety Institute at 613-727-4723 ext. 5791 or luengak@algonquincollege.com

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time