CRJU 4430: Victimology
For your research paper, you must write a 6-10 page research paper addressing an issue related to victims of crime. The purpose of this assignment is for you to examine, summarize, and critique the current state of the research literature on an issue relevant to crime victims. Instead of conducting a broad overview of a specific class of crime victims (i.e., rape victims), you should conduct an in-depth review of the literature on a more specific issue/question (i.e.,What types of resistance strategies do rape victims use and are they effective?).
You may choose your own topic, but it is your responsibility to make sure your topic is appropriate for a Victimology class. As defined by Karmen(2013: 2):
Victimology is the scientific study of the physical, emotional, and financial harm people suffer because of illegal activities. Victimologists…investigate the victims’ plight: the impact of the injuries and losses inflicted by offenders on people they target. In addition, victimologists…[study] the public’s political, social, and economic reactions to the plight of victims…[and] how victims are handled by officials within the criminal justice system.”
Therefore, a paper addressing any of the abovementioned issues would be appropriate. Importantly, the paper should stay focused on victims of crime, not offenders. If you are having trouble coming up with a topic or if you are not sure your topic is appropriate, set up a time to meet with your professor.
Once you have decided on your topic, you should begin your library search. If you are not sure how to get started and/or you have never used GALILEO, I recommend that you meet with a KSU Reference Librarian (http://www.kennesaw.edu/library/services/ref.htm) or take the time to go through an on-line tutorial (http://www.kennesaw.edu/library/resources/tutorials.htm). In researching your topic, you must use at least5 recent (published in the past 10 years) peer-reviewed journal articles that discuss a recent research study that addresses your topic/question. While students may also utilize academic books, their primary source of information must be from recent, academic, peer-reviewed journals (a minimum of 5). You may search government websites as well as the websites of victim’s rights or advocacy groups; however, with the exception of statistics provided from the UCR, NCVS, and NISMART, you must not rely on these sites as your main source of information. Knowledge gained from such websites should be confirmed by knowledge gained from academic, peer-reviewed journals.
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