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LSTD350 - Victim Advocacy

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD350 Course ID: 4725 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course prepares students to provide assistance to crime victims. What a victim advocate is and their rights and responsibilities will be discussed. Students will learn how to navigate through the Criminal Justice System to include both the civil and criminal litigation process, as well as understanding the steps to help victims towards a successful recovery. The course prepares the student to work in victim advocacy arenas such as crisis hotlines, domestic violence shelters, etc. Course topics include legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victims-rights, effects of victimization, victim advocate skills, and crisis intervention.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a victim advocate.
  • Summarize victim advocacy legislation.
  • Describe the legal process in victim's advocacy.
  • Analyze the effects of crime on victims.
  • Distinguish the skills required of a victim's advocate.
  • Apply crisis intervention practices to factual scenarios.

The grading will be based on graded assignments, a research paper and open-book midterm and final examination.

1. Forums and Assignments: There will be six (6) Forum Discussions, a casebrief, a research assignment, and a required class introduction during the course. These assignments will be comprised of case briefs, discussion questions from the text or Lesson Plans, and Forum Discussion postings. They are selected to provide the student with hands-on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.

2. Research Paper: Each student will prepare and submit a 15-20 page research paper on a topic of Victim Advocacy and the law, of their choice, with instructor approval. Students will select the topic by the end of Week 2 and turn in the paper by the end of Week 7.

For the research paper, students will be graded using a Rubric. This will help with understanding what constitutes the grade assigned to each paper. Students may wish to print it and look at it in preparing their work.

3. Exams: The Midterm and Final examinations will be open book and students will be allowed the entire week to complete each exam. The exams consist of randomly selected essay questions. These examinations will cover selected sections of the textbook and assigned reading. Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements.

NameGrade %
Introduction 5.00 %
Introduction Forum 5.00 %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignment One (Week 3) 15.00 %
Assignment One (Week 3) 15.00 %
Assignment Two (Week 6) 20.00 %
Assignment Two (Week 6) 20.00 %
Assignment Three (Week 8) 20.00 %
Assignment Three (Week 8) 20.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
Book Title: Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - available online through the APUS Online Library:
Author: Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Publication Info: Harvard, Columbia Law Review
ISBN: 9780692400197

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - available online through the APUS Online Library:
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.