Introduction to Victimology
Vipin Vijay Nair
Victimology as a separate social science developed in Europe and North America from the second half of the 20th century. Its roots guide to the early history of dealing with victimizations. The course gives an overview over the central topics in victimology. It selects parts of victimology that seem especially relevant for students who have no previous knowledge in social sciences. This course deals with “Theoretical Victimology”. It tries to give a logical structure or a theoretical framework of organization of thoughts in the field. The course does not deal with victim assistance, even if it is unavoidable to cover parts of this broad field of helping victims. The course deals with the fascinating interplay between ideology, knowledge, sociopolitical preferences, social engagement and social activism. Progressive developments are balanced by conservative powers. In the course the students are supposed to learn a balanced approach which tries to analyze the different interest of various “players” in the field, including the criminal justice system and its champions.