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LAW4111 - Crime and gender 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Dr Bronwyn Naylor


Not offered in 2007


Introduction to feminist legal theory, and feminist and other theories of criminality. Violence and gender, including censures of violent behaviours, the public/private dichotomy, the operation of criminal defences such as provocation and self-defence, and the use of "syndrome" evidence. Criminal laws regulating sexuality such as rape, prostitution and abortion laws. Gender issues in sentencing and imprisonment.


On completion of this unit students should have

  1. broadened their knowledge of criminal law and procedure and the operation of the criminal justice system;
  2. acquired an understanding of feminist legal theory and criminology relevant to the study of gender, crime and criminality;
  3. gained an awareness of the role of gender in the formulation and operation of criminal laws and the criminal justice system; and
  4. developed skills in research and writing and in the oral presentation of ideas. On completion of this subject students should be able to critically analyse developments in criminal law and the criminal justice system in the light of the theoretical perspectives gained in the course and conduct and write about an independent research project.


Research assignment (4000 words): 50%
Class presentation: 20%
Examination: 30%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302