AZA3466 - Women and crime: Damsels in distress - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Tara Harris


Ms Tara Harris

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


AZA2466, ATS2466, ATS3466Not offered in 2018


The focus on women and crime 'enriches' and 'complicates' societies' understanding of the crime problem. The unit examines the gendered nature of crime and how stereotyping is played out in the Criminal Justice System. The unit explores key feminist and theories to better understand how crime and criminality is portrayed in contemporary society.


By the successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A grounded working knowledge of the major theoretical approaches that constitute the field of feminist approaches to crime and justice.
  2. An informed understanding of how gender is constructed in society, the media and the criminal justice system, particularly from an African perspective.
  3. Library and internet based research skills.
  4. The ability to think critically and analytically, and to be able to articulate those ideas.
  5. A focus upon the production of scholarly research as the end point of a process of reading, discussion, drafting and debate.
  6. The production of well-researched, well-documented and presented essays.
  7. The ability to work independently as scholars.
  8. The ability to conduct independent research effectively and responsibly when dealing with gender and crime.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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