Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice - SO533

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR MC Duggan


Either SO305 Introduction to Criminology or SO333 Crime, Culture and Control and either SO505 Sociology of Crime and Deviance or SO536 Crime and Justice in Modern Britain.

Single Hons Cultural Studies students must have done either SO305 or SO333 but may take either SO505 or SO536 as co-requisites.


Stage 3 Students Only



The aims of this module are:

1. To understand the historical development of feminist criminology and its contemporary relevance;
2. To explore the relationship between gender, offending and victimisation; and,
3. Examine the role of gender in criminal justice.

Topics covered in the module include: feminist methods and theory in criminology, prostitution, masculinities and crime, women in the criminal justice system, criminal justice responses to gendered violence, sexual offending and gender in the prison system.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

1 hour lectures and 1 hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

50% essay (3000 words) and 50% exam

Preliminary reading

Evans, K. and Jamieson, J. (Ed) (2008) Gender and Crime: A Reader. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Gelsthorpe, L. and Morris, A. (Ed) (1990) Feminist Perspectives in Criminology. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Silvestri, M. and Crowther-Dowey, C. (2008) Gender and Crime. London: Sage.
Walklate, S. (2004) Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice. (2nd edition) Cullompton: Willan.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

To identify and gather appropriate library and web-based resources, make judgments about their merits and use the available evidence to construct an argument to be presented in class and in assessments.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
show a gendered understanding of patterns of offending, victimisation and engagement in the criminal justice system.

To recognise and evaluate the main empirical and theoretical studies of gender, crime and criminal justice, as well as key policy documents and legislation; and,
critically assess traditional criminological theory, feminist critiques / perspectives and recent debates about the importance of acknowledging gender roles in our understanding of criminal behaviour, victimisation and criminal justice processes,
describe and evaluate the debates surrounding the differential treatment of women and men in the criminal justice system as victims, offenders and professionals,

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