Gender, Crime and Justice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - Major Essay (35%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

"Despite the public's obsession with crime, victimisation and criminal justice, despite the morbid fear that crime and victimisation arouses, despite the endless volumes written to account for offending, victimisation and criminal justice processing, gender, the most powerful social factor of all has been virtually ignored by criminologists." (Leonard, 1982). Women are one of the fastest growing groups being incarcerated, they are more likely than men to be victims of certain types of crime (i.e. domestic and sexual violence) and men have traditionally (although now being debated) been more likely to perpetrate violent crime. It is critically important that the issue of how gender ,femininity, masculinity, and intersections with other statuses, shapes crime, victimisation and our responses to both. Drawing on national and international contexts, this unit explores, and seeks to theoretically explain, the persistent and profound differences between men and women in crime rates and patterns, victimization, and criminal justice system experiences and responses. The unit will also consider intersections between gender, Indigeneity, social class and sexual orientation.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able:

  1. To explore the persistent and profound differences between men and women in crime rates and patterns; victimisation rates and patterns; and criminal justice system experiences and responses
  2. To  introduce students to a critical understanding of explanations for these continuing gendered differences
  3. To expose students to the way in which gender intersects with Indigeneity, social class and sexual orientation to shape offending, victimisation and criminal justice system responses and experiences.
  • Essay — Major Essay (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a second year unit. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: Gendered Patterns of Offending
2'Girls won't be Boys': Theoretical Explanations for Women's Offending
3'Boys will be Boys': Theoretical Explanations for Men's Offending
4Gendered Patterns of Violent Victimisation
5Topical Issues 1
6Controlling Women: Theorising Women and Violent Victimisation
7'Boys Don't Cry': Theorising, Men and Violent Victimisation
8Is Chivalry Dead?: The Gendered Nature of Sentencing
9Keeping Themselves Safe?: The Court, 'Battered women' who Kill and Domestic Violence Protection Orders
10Women's Imprisonment
11Masculinity and Prison Sub-Culture
12Topical Issues 2

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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