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Crime and gender 700 (6 points)


Leader: Dr Bronwen Naylor

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This subject provides an introduction to feminist legal theory, and feminist and other theories of criminality and examines a range of issues in the criminal law and criminal justce system in the light of these theoretical perspectives. Areas to be covered include violence and gender, including censures of violent behaviours, the public/private dichotomy, the operatiion of criminal defences such as provocation and self-defence, and the use of "syndrome" evidence; an examination of criminal laws regulating sexuality such as rape, prostitution nad abortion laws; and gender issues in sentencing and imprisonment.

Assessment: Written research assignment (4000 words): 50% + Class presentation: 20% + Final examination: 30%

Contact Hours: Two 1.5 hour seminars per week

Prerequisites: LAW3300

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