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Gender and Crime (6 points)


Leader: Dr Maryanne Dever

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit examines the gendering of crime and the role gender and gender stereotypes play in the operations of the criminal justice system. The subject uses key critical feminist and cultural theories to explore how social norms of femininity and masculinity produce particular gendered understandings of crime and criminality. It provides practical interpretative skills to enable students to apply these theoretical insights to the criminal justice system, to popular and media representations of crime and to the development of public policy. Topics include: the gendered nature of crime; gender and policing; femininity, masculinity and violence; family violence; constructions of rape.

Assessment: Class test (equiv. 1500 words): 30% + Research essay (3000 words): 60% + Class preparation and participation: 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1-hour lecture and 1- hour tutorial) per week

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