The ‘discovery of the victim’, and a shift in focus from the offender to the offence, have both been
identified as key features of crime policy over the last 30 years. How are these developments related
to changes in our understandings of what causes crime?
Make sure that you discuss the following in your answer:
• The positivist vs. the classical schools of thought
• Changes in our understandings of what causes victimisation over time • Official vs. unofficial data
• Different definitions of crime
All of the tutorial readings from weeks 25 must be included as sources of information in answering this question. It must be evident from the content of your essay that you have read and understood
the content of these texts. As such, I have created opportunities for reflection within your workbook
each week. Use the examples and your reflections from your workbook to show that you can apply
the reading to real world contexts. Be sure to ask your tutor for clarification in class about the
reading that is the subject of discussion where you do not understand something. Approaching your
learning in this way will ensure that you are developing your learning as you go and are not leaving it
to the last minute.