About the Course

28 July (Monday) - 8 August (Friday), 2014
Student Capacity:
40 people
Opening Date for Early Registration:
6 May (Tuesday), 2014
Registration Deadline:
15 July (Tuesday), 2014
Tokiwa University, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan


This course is co-hosted by the World Society of Victimology and by Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI), Tokiwa University. It provides an opportunity postgraduate students and/or practitioners, especially in Asia and Oceania, to learn about the field of Victimology and Victim Services from experts in the fields of victimology in a compact two week course.

Course Outline

All classes will be conducted in English. The classes will be from 9:00 to 16:30. Special events will include: a reception party, a Mito sightseeing trip (including a visit to a "Koban" Police Box, Kairakuen Park (one of three most famous parks in Japan) and a traditional tea ceremony), a day-long sightseeing trip on the middle Saturday, a field trip to the Ibaraki police headquarters, a graduation ceremony and a farewell party. Persons may attend two weeks, one week or only one day; however, priority will be given to the two-week participants, so-called “Certificate Students.” Two-week Certificate Students must attend all classes, write an academic paper on a victimological topic and make a 15 minute presentation based on their paper at the end of the course. Details will be explained on the first day of the course (July 28). Persons wanting to attend the course for any length of time should register to get on a waiting list starting immediately, as decisions will be based on a first come first serve basis.

What is the level of this course?

(Capacity: 40 certificate students)
During the course, students will learn the basics of victimology and victim services. The Asian Postgraduate Course is designed mostly for persons who have graduated with at least a baccalaureate degree and persons currently engaged in victim advocacy, victim services or any other work with victims: social welfare, counseling, community policing, etc. However, if we have available space, we will accept anyone who is interested in learning about the field of victimology and victim services and is able to understand lectures given in English. This course will provide a comprehensive curriculum of topics so that students will acquire the basic concepts, history, theories and current issues in victimology.

Course Details and Requirements for the Certificate of Completion

To receive the WSV Certificate of Completion for the Asian Post Graduate Course:

  1. 1. Throughout the two weeks, students must attend all the lectures provided and the field trip.
  2. 2. If students miss any lecture because of illness or any other valid emergencies, they are required to submit a one-page report on each lecture they missed.
  3. 3. Students are required to prepare a 15 minute presentation of their paper chosen by the student based on his/her victimological interest. The paper must be discussed with the Course Director before submission and presentation. All students are required to attend all student presentations which will be made at the end of the course (7-8 August).
  4. 4. Students are also required to submit the written academic paper by 6 August (size-12 font, Times New Roman, double spaced, 5 to 8 pages).

Course Director:

Gerd F. Kirchhoff Professor, Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, Germany/Japan

We look forward to your participation!

※If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, Tokiwa University
Tel:  +81-29-232-2868        
Fax: +81-29-232-2522
E-mail: apgctivi@tokiwa.ac.jp

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