Course Syllabus – Summer 2010


Victimology – CVSS 1103


                    INSTRUCTOR:         N. Ann Lowrance, M. S., C.D.S.V.R.P.

                                                         Department Head, Social Services

                                                         Assistant Professor


                                OFFICE:         Public Safety Training Center, Room G-100


                                PHONE:         945-9173 or Fax # 945-8622


                                  E MAIL:


                OFFICE HOURS:         Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  

                                                         or by appointment


           CLASS MEETINGS:         Monday and Wednesday 1:00-3:30 p.m.

                                                         PSTC, Room 225


                     TEXTBOOKS:         Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives 2nd                                                          Edition

                                             By Harvey Wallace

                                             IBSN 9780205486250


                                             Reference Text:

                                             Pocket Guide to APA Style 3rd Edition

                                             By Robert Perrin

                                             ISBN 10:0-547-20193-1



              PREREQUISITES:         None


NEXT COURSE IN SEQUENCE:              None           




An introduction to victimology with special emphasis on family violence, sexual violence, child abuse, homicide, criminal justice system, victim compensation, victim rights and issues.





The purpose of this course is to expose students to a generalized view of the criminal justice system, characteristics of various crimes and victims of those crimes.  Specific outcomes include:


  1. Students will describe various criminal behaviors.
  2. Students will recognize different motivations of offenders and how these motivations are displayed through behavior.
  3. Students will describe potential impact of crimes on victims.
  4. Students will list factors associated with post crime trauma.
  5. Students will interpret and analyze the criminal justice system’s response to victims of crime.
  6. Students will demonstrate intervention skills and knowledge of through role plays, group exercises, and other classroom activities.
  7. Students will define Crime Victim Advocate as follows:


The Advocate defends, supports, upholds, publicly and privately, victims of crime.


The Advocate is an informational resource for victims of crime regarding the criminal justice system and other governmental entities.


The Advocate helps victims understand their choices and the ramifications of their decisions.


The Advocate empowers victims and supports their choices without criticism.


The Advocate AT ALL TIMES maintains the confidences received from victims and represents vicitms’ interests with respect and compassion.




This will be a lecture/discussion based course with a strong emphasis on discussion.  Group discussions will also be utilized.  Audience participation, demonstrations, guest speakers, role plays and films will be incorporated into this curriculum.  Students are responsible for all information in assigned chapters whether the information is covered in the lecture material or not.




Attendance is expected and role will be taken at the beginning of the class.  If students are tardy and do not respond to the roll within the first ten (10) minutes of the class period, they will be recorded as absent.  Students will sign-in for each class session on the roster sheet provided by the course instructor.  It is the student’s responsibility to locate and sign the sheet.  Each student’s signature is documentation that they arrived within the first 10 minutes and remained in class until class was officially dismissed by the course instructor.  When guest speakers are scheduled, the doors will be locked after class begins and students who are late will not be admitted in the classroom.  Students will receive three (3) points for each complete class session attended on time.  This will count 42 points total.  If a student has no late arrivals or absences, he/she will receive two (2) additional points at the end of the semester resulting in 44 points for attendance.







A.  Examinations:

There will be four (4) exams in this course.  Each exam will count 100 points.  If you cannot attend class the day of the scheduled test, you have one (1) week only to take the make-up exam.  It is your responsibility to contact the instructor about scheduling the make-up exam.  Make-up exams may be essay in nature.  The instructor must be contacted within one day after the missed exam.  After one (1) week, if you have not tested, you will receive a “0”.


B.  In-Class and Homework Assignments:

At the discretion of the instructor, in-class and homework assignments will occur during this course.  Each assignment will count ten (10) points.  These assignments will consist of quizzes, writing assignments, special projects, role plays and group activities.  These assignments cannot be made up; it is, therefore, advantageous for students to attend class regularly. 


C.  Proficiency Projects: 

All CVSS and ECEA majors are required to demonstrate practical application of knowledge regarding their chosen field of study through an assessment center process. Consequently, students will be challenged in each course with a project demonstrating knowledge of the subject matter.  It is critical that students complete the assigned proficiency project.  This project will become a part of the student’s portfolio which will be assessed in one of the capstone assessment exercises.


Interview and Paper:  (Proficiency Project for Portfolio)

All students are required to complete this project.  The proficiency project for this class is a research paper with an interview component. Students will select a topic related to victimology, victim rights and/or current trends in the criminal justice system and prepare a research paper on the topic.  The focus of the paper will be how the crime victim is involved with certain aspects of the criminal justice process. The paper must incorporate information received from interviewing a professional who has experience in some aspect of the criminal justice process.


One purpose of this exercise is to develop communication skills. Advocates must have the ability to communicate with a variety of professionals. In addition, advocates must have empathy for others and learn to appreciate the unique talents and roles of various professionals involved in the criminal justice process.


Topic Request:  Students will select a topic for their paper, and will provide a paragraph describing the area to be covered to the instructor no later than June 16.  This assignment is worth a possible 10 points.


Reference List:  Students will gather at least three (3) references (at least one must be a professional journal article) and will submit the list to the instructor. References must be in compliance with the format set forth in the Pocket Guide to APA Style.  The textbook for this course cannot be used as a reference for this assignment.  This assignment is worth a possible 20 points and is due no later than June 23. 


 Interviewee and Questions:  Students will conduct interviews with an individual from an area of the criminal justice system and explore the concepts of victimology, victim rights and/or criminal justice system related to their specific topic.  Students will prepare a list of at least ten (10) questions to ask the professional being interviewed.  These questions must be submitted and approved by the instructor prior to the interview.  The name, title, employing agency and telephone number of the interviewee and the interview questions will be submitted to the instructor no later than July 7.  This assignment is worth a possible 30 points.


Proficiency Project:  Students will prepare a three-page narrative (minimum) paper detailing their findings regarding crime victims, incorporating information from interviews and citing references within the narrative body of the paper. Papers must include a title page (including the student’s name, the name of the class, and the date of submission of the paper), at least three full pages of text, and a reference page listing written reference sources; the names and titles of the interviewees and a synopsis of the questions and answers will be appended to the end of the paper.    References must be cited in the narrative of the paper, and portions of the interviews must be included in the narrative and cited as such.  Pages must be numbered.   Plagiarism will not be tolerated!!  Papers are due no later than July 21.  The paper is worth a possible 100 points.


Points for proficiency projects are:


                                          Topic Request                                              10

                                          Reference List                                               20

                                          Interviewee List and Questions                  30

                                          Paper                                                             100

                                          Total Points Possible                                  160  


D.  Guidelines for Papers and Proficiency Projects:


Citation of References:  All references and resource materials must be cited in the assignment in conformity with the format set forth in Pocket Guide to APA Style, Third Edition by Robert Perrin.  More detailed and specific citation information can be located at  References must be cited within the narrative and a list of references, correctly formatted in APA Style, must be appended at the end of the paper.  The textbook(s) for this class cannot be used as references.  Points will be deducted for improper citation.


Original Content:  A minimum of two-thirds of the paper must be original writing properly cited.  Citation is used to support, validate or illustrate the thesis of the paper.


Format:  Papers must be typed and double-spaced in 12 point font.  Three type fonts are acceptable:  Times New Roman, Arial, or Century Gothic.  Papers must be double-spaced.  Margins must be one inch around the page.  A title page, body of report, and resource section are required.  The title page must contain at a minimum, the student’s name, the title of the project, the name of the assignment (i.e. opinion paper), the name of the class, the name of the instructor and the date the assignment is due.   Pages of the body of the report, paper, or project must be numbered.  Points will be deducted for improper formatting. 


Grading for Structure and Format:  In an academic environment, structure and format of written works are important, and amount to 25% of the grade of written projects.  The following criteria will be used to assess the quality of the structure and format of written work:

                        Spelling and Grammar                                                                               5 %

                        Structure (including margins, paragraph indentations, page

                                                numbering and line spacing)                                            5 %

                        In-text Citations and References                                                              5 %

                        Reference Page (including quality of references, appropriate

                                                citing of sources in APA format                                    10 %

                        Total Points for Structure and Format                                                 25 %  


Submission of Assignments:  Unless specifically requested by the instructor, papers and other projects will NOT be accepted electronically.  Unless otherwise specified by the instructor, papers are due no later than the end of the class period for which they are assigned.  Late papers will be accepted for up to one (1) week past the due date; however, all late papers receive a maximum grade of half the total possible credit of the project.   After one (1) week, papers will not be accepted and a grade of “0” will be given for the assignment.


Plagiarism:  Plagiarism will not be tolerated! Definition of Plagiarism:  The representation of previously written, published or created work as one’s own.  Wherever the wording, arguments, data, design, etc. belonging to someone else are used in a paper, report, oral presentation, or similar academic project, this fact must be made explicitly clear by citing the appropriate references or sources.  The reference wording must fully indicate the extent to which any part or parts of the project are attributed to others.  Paraphrased materials must be acknowledged in the same manner as material that is used verbatim.  Note:  The instructor may, at his or her discretion, request work be submitted in electronic format.  Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct and may result in an “F” for the assignment, an “F” for the course, or expulsion from the University.  (Refer to the OSU-OKC Student Handbook.)


   E.  Portfolios and Alternate Projects:


CVSS majors are required to complete this assignment.   Students will obtain a professional quality, three ring binder, subject dividers, and page protectors.  CVSS majors will organize the binder in the following manner:


                                          Cover Page

                  Section 1       Table of Contents

                  Section 2       Cover Letter

                  Section 3       Mission Statement / Professional Philosophy

                  Section 4       Resume                

                  Section 5       Biographical Info

                  Section 6       Community Involvement / Volunteer Work

                  Section 7       Academics – Honors Projects, Service Learning, Scholastic

                                          Awards, Etc.

                  Section 8       Course Work – A Separate Section Is Required For Each

                                          CVSS Class; Include Course Syllabus and Proficiency Project For                                                                   Each CVSS Class


For this class, students are not required to complete Section 2 – 7.  However, the Cover Page and Sections 1 (Table of Contents) and 8 (Course Work) should be up to date.  Portfolios and required materials will be examined by the Department Head of Social Services and other instructors.  This assignment counts fifty (50) points. Students may submit portfolios on or prior to July 1.  However, after 5:00 p.m. on July 1, a “0” will be recorded for students who failed to submit their portfolio as required.


Proficiency projects must be included for each CVSS course completed from the Spring Semester, 2000, to the present.  If these projects are not included, it will impact the fifty points possible (-20 points for each missing assignment or syllabus) in this course as well as other CVSS courses.  In addition, it will be impossible for the student to pass the portfolio review exercise during the assessment center as well as the portfolio examination by the instructor during the Occupational Proficiency course.  If you failed to complete the required assignment during a course, you must complete it in order to receive full credit for this course and successfully complete the Occupational Proficiency course. In order to receive full credit, the student’s name must be clearly and easily visible on either the outside of the portfolio or on a cover page located immediately inside the front flap of the notebook.  Note:  Students are responsible for retrieval of their portfolios after grading.  Any portfolio remaining unclaimed two weeks following the end of the semester will be disassembled and shredded.


 Alternate Projects:  Non CVSS majors are required to complete this assignment.  This assignment is in place the portfolio. The instructor will provide written instructions for students who are not CVSS or ECEA majors for an alternate fifty (50) point assignment.  Papers will follow the guidelines and formatting requirements provided for the proficiency project.  The alternative assignment is due July 1.




All grades on examinations, projects, assignments, and activities will be given in numerical form.  At the end of the semester all grades will be totaled and divided by the total points possible.  The percentage obtained will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:


                                                90 – 100%                       A

                                                80 -   89%                        B

                                                70 -   79%                        C

                                                60 -   69%                        D

                                                Below 59%                    F


It is recommended students keep track of grades and keep all assignments returned to you.  

In this way any differences which may exist between the instructor’s records and student’s records can be corrected.  If you do not retain your graded assignments, the instructor’s recorded grade will take precedence for final grade calculation.



Total Possible Points for the Course:


                  Attendance                                                    90 points

                  Exams (4)                                                      400 @ 100 points each

                  In Class Assignments                                   10 points each

                  Interviews/Paper                                          160 points

                  Portfolio/Alternate                                         50 points

                  Total Points                                                   710 Possible


                  (In class and homework assignments are an additional 10 points each.)                           


Final Grade Reports:

Final grade reports are not mailed to students.  Students may check grades via the Internet at beginning Spring 2003.  Student PIN numbers will be required to access grades – this number may be obtained by calling the OSU-OKC Records office at 945-8692.  If you have already been using the on-line enrollment system, please use the same PIN number to access grades.




Grade Requirement:  Students graduating with and Associates Degree in Applied Science in Crime Victim/Survivor Services must earn a minimum final course grade of a “C” or higher in all Crime Victim/Survivor Services degree specific courses in order to satisfy degree requirements.  This CVSS grade requirement policy is effective Summer 2008 forward and does not include classes taken prior to Summer 2008.


Service Learning:  The objective of Service Learning is to promote student learning and development, stimulate academic performance, increase students’ understanding of the field of crime victim/survivor services.  Service Learning projects will be documented on the OSU-OKC Student Activities Transcript, and noted on the commencement program at the time of graduation. 


Service Learning involves volunteer work in a learning environment pertinent to crime victim advocacy and completion of a journal.  Anyone who completes a Service Learning Project will receive EXTRA CREDIT for this course.  Specifics on Service Learning may be obtained on the OSU-OKC website.  (Go to  Click on “Current Students”.  Scroll down to “Service Learning”.  The entire student packet can be downloaded and completed.)  Points will be given based on the number of hours you volunteer.


                                             20-29 hours – 15 points

                                             30-39 hours – 20 points

                                             40(+) hours – 25 points


Hours must to be completed at a facility/organization related to the crime victim/survivor services discipline, and must be signed by an authorized representative or employee of the facility.  The instructor must pre-approve the site, and the student must complete all paperwork BEFORE beginning work at the facility.  Students need to complete the paperwork and have a site selected no later than the second week of the semester—June 14.  This is a great opportunity to network, learn about the field of crime victim advocacy, earn extra credit AND give back to our community – please consider participating!!!


Honors Credit:  Any student interested in completing an Honors Contract for this course may do so by completing a request for Honors Credit Contract and submitting it to the instructor.  Students who complete an honors contract must receive a “B” or better in the course to earn an “HONORS” designation on the transcript.  Honors work is outside the normal requirements for this course; therefore, if the student does NOT complete their contract, it will NOT affect their grade in the class.


Students should anticipate expending a minimum of twenty-five hours above and beyond the normal time expenditure for this course in order to prepare an acceptable honors project.  Contracts must be submitted for review by the instructor by the end of the second week of class.  The contracts are then forwarded to the Honors Committee for review by the second week of the semester.  Completed projects are due no later than July 12.


A.D.A. Accommodation Statement:  OSU – Oklahoma City complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must make their request known by contacting the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities located on the first floor of the Student Center Office 112, or call (405) 945-3385.  All accommodations must be approved by the Services to Students with Disabilities Office.


Notice to Students Regarding Transferability of Coursework:  The Associate of Applied Science degree in Crime Victim/Survivor Services is designed to prepare graduates for entry level positions in the victim advocacy field.  While some of the courses will satisfy degree requirements at a four-year university, the degree WILL NOT transfer holistically.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the receiving institution to verify which OSU-OKC coursework will or will not be accepted.


Background Checks: Due to the nature of the work, practicum sites, volunteer sites and potential employers in the field often require a background check for criminal records prior to placement or hiring with that agency. 


Diversity of Instruction:  The instructor does not necessarily endorse all of the viewpoints which will be presented.  However, it is extremely important to your overall learning experience for you to be presented all sides and then be allowed to formulate your own opinion of the material.  We want to enable you to choose.


Cell Phones and Pagers:  Cell phones (cell phone calls and texting) and other electronic devices are disruptive to the class.  If a student’s work or family situation requires the student to keep the device turned on during class, the instructor needs to be alerted and the student must turn the electronic device to a silent or vibrate mode.  If a student must receive a call or receive a message during class, the student must leave the room.  A student may not make calls or text messages during class.  Cell phones and all electronic devices may not be used during an exam unless stipulated by an instructor.  Should a student continue to use cell phones or other electronic devices during class without instructor approval, they will be asked to leave class and loose attendance points for that class period.  Use of a cell phone or electronic device during an exam is considered academic misconduct, and the student will be subject to the appropriate penalties.  This policy may be strengthened by the instructor.


Unattended Children Policy:  For personal safety of children and potential problems in supervision, children should not be at any location on campus without adult supervision.  No children are permitted in classrooms, laboratories, teaching areas or the Library.


Academic Dishonest or Misconduct:  Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned nor tolerated at institutions within the Oklahoma State University system.  Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed in an attempt to gain undeserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another.  Academic misconduct is behavior that results in intellectual advantage obtained by violating specific standard, but without deliberate intent or use of fraudulent means.  Academic dishonesty or misconduct cases are governed by the OSU-Oklahoma City Campus Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.  Copies of the Student Rights and Responsibilities can be obtained from the Student Activities and Campus Life Office or an electronic version is also available online at 


Instructional Statement:  Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the OSU-Oklahoma City Catalog, Student Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule. 


Global Education Mission:  Global Education is an institutional commitment to providing learning environments that provide a cross-cultural global perspective through all facets of the educational process.  This institutional commitment to Global Education shall manifest itself throughout the entire institution, providing support for diversity, international, and inter-cultural educational opportunities.  These opportunities will be institutionalized through curricular and co-curricular activities. This institutional commitment to Global Education will assist OSU-OKC in accomplishing its mission of preparing students for an increasingly technological and global society.


Crime Victim/Survivor Services Learning Outcomes Statement:  At the conclusion of coursework for an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Crime Victim/Survivor Services, students will:


1.  Explain different crimes and the effects on victims.

2.  Accurately access risks of victims of crime and identify support, education, referral, and intervention services needed.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of current law and ethical standards related to victim services and victim rights.

4.  Examine the impact of cultural, ethnic, racial, life-experience diversity on victims of crime and demonstrate appropriate intervention and referral skills.

5.  Articulate the comprehensive definition of the role of a crime victim advocate.


OSU-OKC Campus-Wide Learning Outcomes Statement: Upon completion of General Education Curriculum, students should be proficient in demonstrating the following competencies:




Learning Outcome #1: Critical Thinking:



Critical thinking skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to comprehend complex ideas, data, and concepts; to make inferences based on careful observation; to make judgments based on specific and appropriate criteria; to solve problems using specific processes and techniques; to recognize relationships among the arts, culture, and society; to develop new ideas by synthesizing related and/or fragmented information; to apply knowledge and understanding to different contexts, situations and/or specific endeavors; and to recognize the need to acquire information.  


*All courses will contain assignments that demonstrate critical thinking, but not all       courses will include all critical thinking elements listed.


              Learning Outcome #2: Effective Communications



           Effective communication is the ability to develop organized, coherent, unified written                   or oral presentations for various audiences and situations.


      Learning Outcome #3:  Computer Proficiency



Computer proficiency includes a basic knowledge of operating systems, word processing, and Internet research capabilities.

      Learning Outcome #4:  Civic Responsibility



Preparation for civic responsibility in the democratic society of the United States includes acquiring knowledge of the social, political, economic, and historical structures of the nation in order to function effectively as citizens in a country that is increasingly diverse and multicultural in its population and more global in its view and functions

      Learning Outcome #5:  Global Awareness



Global awareness includes knowledge of the geography, history, cultures, values, ecologies, languages, and present day issues of different peoples and countries, as well as an understanding of the global economic, political and technological forces which define the interconnectedness and shape the lives of the world’s citizens.




June 7

Syllabus Distribution and Discussion and Course Overview



Group Exercise—Drawbridge


June 9

Introduction and History of Victimology—Chapter 1

Deadline for Requesting Service Learning

Deadline for Requesting Honors

Deadline to Withdraw from Classes with a Full Refund




Measurement of Crime and Its Effects—Chapter 2

Topics for Alternate Projects Due (Non CVSS Majors)


June 14


The Criminal Justice System and Victims—Chapter 3


June 16


Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board—Guest Lecturer--Brandi Woods-Littlejohn, Office of the Attorney General



June 21




June 23


Topics for Proficiency Projects Due (All Students)


Exam 1 (Lectures, Chapters and Handouts)


The Civil Justice System and Victims—Chapter 4


Consequences of Victimization—Chapter 5




Empowering Victims—Chapter 6

Reference List for Proficiency Project Due (All Students)


June 28


July 1




July 5


July 7

Homicide Victims—Chapter 7


Females As Victims—Chapter 8

Portfolios Due (CVSS Majors)

Alternate Assignments Due (Non CVSS Majors)


Fourth of July—No Classes


Stalking--Guest Lecturer—Tamatha Mosier, Office of the Attorney General

Interviewee List and Questions for Proficiency Project Due


July 12








Exam (2) (Lectures, Chapters and Handouts)


Spouses as Victims—Chapter 9



July 14


July 19



July 21






July 26


Child Victims—Chapter 10


Exam (3)  Lectures, Chapters and Handouts

Elder Victims—Chapter 11


Compensation and Restitution of Victims—Chapter 17

Guest Lecturer—Tina Harman, Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council

Deadline for Submission of Honors and Service Learning

Proficiency Projects Due


Hate Crimes—Chapter 12

Special Victim Populations—Chapter 13

Victim Impact Statements—Chapter 18




July 28

Final Exam











Syllabus Modification Statement:  Faculty has the right to change or modify the course syllabus materials during the academic year.  Any changes will be shared with students.  All changes in the instructor’s policies after the semester has begun must be made in writing as part of a written addendum to the course syllabus; this addendum should be clearly labeled as such and dated.


      Revised:  June 2010



Portfolio Alternate Assignment





Students who are not CVSS majors will prepare a paper which will be minimum of two (2) full pages of narrative, typed and double-spaced, discussing a specific category of crime.  The student will indicate how he/she will address this area of crime in his/her personal or professional life. 


Behind the two pages of narrative, a resource page must be attached; this page will contain a minimum of three resources for accessing additional information about the crime or assistance for victims of this particular crime and their families.  The resources should be related to the topic of the paper.  Information regarding types of services, eligibility requirements, contact information and other pertinent information should be included for each resource listed. 


A title paper shall be attached containing the name of the paper, name of the class, name of the student, and date submitted.


Topics must be selected and submitted for approval by the instructor no later than June 14.. Students should prepare a brief (1-2 paragraph) description of the topic they wish to cover in the paper.  This written description should be covered with a title page.


     This project will be submitted in compliance with the Guidelines for Papers and Proficiency    Projects.


Topic Selection Due Date:  June 14, 2010


Alternate Portfolio Assignment Due Date:  July 7, 2010