Gender and Crime in a Globalised World - SO830

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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This module examines gender and crime in a globalised world. Several core themes inform the international exploration of crime, victimisation and justice, including 'race', class, age, sexuality, locality, economics, politics, power and discourse. The module offers students the opportunity to engage with a broad range of internationally classical and influential bodies of literature spanning feminist and critical criminology, masculinities theories, victimology, queer theory and globalisation. Men and women as victims and offenders will be examined through a gendered lens to assess how culture, discourse and identity function to enhance or diminish vulnerability to criminalisation, victimisation and injustice. Underpinning these analyses are notions of power, which prove central to considerations of the extent to which globalisation informs patterns of gendered offending, victimisation and access to justice.


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Method of assessment

The assessment for this module consists of a 1,000 word portfolio (25%), and a 4,000 word essay (75%).

Indicative reading


The texts recommended here are only English language publications. If you can read in another language, you are strongly encouraged to do so! This reading list is a starting point and it is expected that you will search for recent literature/research increasingly as the course goes on.

Recommended texts are marked with *.

Useful texts (referred to throughout):

*Aas, K. F. (2007) Globalization and Crime London: Sage.
* Bosworth, M and Hoyle, C (eds) (2011) What is Criminology? Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Lembert, C Global Issues: women and justice, Federation Press.
Rafter and Heidensohn (eds) (1995) International feminist perspectives in criminology, Buckingham: Open University Press
Sudbury, J (ed) (2005) Global Lockdown: Race, gender and the prison industrial complex London: Routledge

General texts on gender and crime (good comprehensive texts):

Evans and Jamieson (ed) (2008) Gender and Crime: A reader (Open University Press)
Gelsthorpe and Morris (ed) (1990) Feminist Perspectives in Criminology (Open University Press)
Walklate, S. (2000) Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice, Devon: Willan


McLaughlin and Muncie (2001) The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (Sage)
O’Brien and Yar Key concepts in criminology [Avail. Through library online as E-book]
Fifty key thinkers in criminology, edited by Keith Hayward, Shadd Maruna and Jayne Mooney. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2010.


British Journal of Criminology
Crime, Media, Culture
Critical Criminology
European Journal of Criminology
Feminist criminology
Journal of Legal and Social Studies
Punishment and Society
Theoretical Criminology
Social Politics
New Global Studies


There is a vast amount of material on the Internet on criminological issues. The following are recommended as reliable sites and they all have helpful links attached to them:

• Kent Centre for Criminal Justice Studies:
• Home Office:
• British Society of Criminology:
• Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources:
• The Men’s Bibliography:

Note on using web based material:

In order to get good marks in your essay, it is necessary that you use academic sources such as textbooks, journal articles etc that you can find in the library. For statistics you should also make use of official statistics available from government websites listed above.

N.B. Never use journalistic sources as a source of fact as they are extremely biased.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module successful students will be able at a level appropriate for a Masters degree:

- Critically assess traditional criminological theory, feminist critiques and recent debates about globalisation and crime.
- Describe and evaluate the debates surrounding the differential treatment of women and men in the criminal justice systems as offenders and victims.
- Use different sources of empirical data to explore patterns of offending and victimisation amongst women and men of offending.
- Analyse and interpret media reporting on crime and the criminal justice system (and be aware of international differences).
- Identify international social research the emerging issues of gender, crime and globalisation, evaluate its merits and use it to construct and argument.
- Identify the main sources of legislation on the emerging issues of gender, crime and globalisation and critically evaluate them.

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