ATS3466 - Sex, gender and crime - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr James Roffee

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit examines the intersection of sex and crime, and the role gender stereotypes play in the operation of the criminal justice system. Key critical criminological, feminist, masculinities and queer theories are used to explore how social norms of femininity and masculinity produce particular sexed understandings of crime and criminality. Theoretical insights and contemporary understandings of the criminal justice system, popular and media representations, and development of public policy responding to sex and crime are surveyed, and critical assessments made. Topics include sex and the nature of crime; gender and policing; femininity, masculinity and violence; and, sexed and sexual violence.


Upon completion of this subject students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Determine the need for a critical understanding of the gender, sex and crime in historical and current social perspectives;
  2. Find and generate information and data that can be used to facilitate a critical understanding of how gender is constituted in society and the criminal justice system;
  3. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge and comprehension of methodological and theoretical analyses of gender, sex and crime;
  4. Organise and manage the collection of relevant research materials;
  5. Synthesize, analyse and apply critical understandings of historical and contemporary gender and crime research;
  6. Identify, evidence and communicate examples of how gender must be examined alongside other sites of power such as race, class and age.


Within semester assessment: 60%

Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Criminology.


ATS2466, AZA2466, AZA3466