Gender, Crime and Justice
Seek to explain the profound differences between genders in crime rates, patterns, victimisation, and criminal justice system experiences and responses. Then consider intersections between gender, Indigeneity, class and sexual orientation.
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- 01 Jun 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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The subject provides students with an opportunity to study an important and well-documented “fact” in criminology: crime and criminal justice is highly gendered. The aims of the subject are:
- 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
- To introduce students to a critical understanding of explanations for these continuing gendered differences
- 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.
- Introduction: Gendered Patterns of Offending
- 'Girls won't be Boys': Theoretical Explanations for Women's Offending
- 'Boys will be Boys': Theoretical Explanations for Men's Offending
- Gendered Patterns of Violent Victimisation
- Controlling Women: Theorising Women and Violent Victimisation
- 'Boys Don't Cry': Theorising, Men and Violent Victimisation
- Is Chivalry Dead?: The Gendered Nature of Sentencing
- New Research Findings 1
- Women's Imprisonment
- Masculinity and Prison Sub-Culture
- New Research Findings 2
This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the degree. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
No special requirements
"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 subject 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 subject will also consider intersections between gender, Indigeneity, social class and sexual orientation.
- Invigilated Exam (45%)
- Major Essay (35%)
- Online Quiz (20%)
Textbooks are not required.
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