Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Examine gender, crime and violence from a transnational perspective.
  2. Understand the complexity and significance of feminist approaches to criminology and an intersectional framework in giving a gendered account of crime.
  3. Examine the relationship between forms of knowledge and forms of everyday living.
  4. Analyse critically a variety of texts (documentaries, novels, media articles, poems, news clips) and data sources concerning gender within their historical, social and theoretical contexts.
  5. Examine the ways in which the social construction of gender is implicated in the conduct and character of crime
    • "Feminine"/"Masculine" Crimes
    • Gendered State Crimes
    • Crimmigration
    • Hate Gendered Crimes
    • Race, Gender and Crime
    • War Crimes
    • Colonization and the Abuse of Indigenous Women: Now and Then
    • Domestic Violence in Australia
    • Violence against Women in the Arab World
    • International Crime and Femininity: Women and Terrorism
    • International Crime and Masculinity
    • Male Terrorists
    • Conclusion
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming


NCCW: GEN312, GEND310, GEND220

Special requirements

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    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

A growing body of research from criminology, psychology, sociology, media studies and gender studies focuses on gender in relation to crime. How are the social constructions of masculinity and femininity, within and across cultures, implicated in the conduct and character of crime? The unit explores this central question across a range of topics such as domestic violence and terrorism. We also consider intersecting identities, including race and ethnicity, class, sexuality, and religion, in the construction of both perpetrators and victims of crime. The unit's focus on conflicts and displacements allows it to move from the personal to the transnational, from the intimate sphere to global geopolitics.

  • Online Participation (15%)
  • Critical Analysis (30%)
  • Group Presentation (15%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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