Gender and Crime in a Globalised World - SOCI8300

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200


Sociology MA
International Social Policy MA
Criminology MA
Criminology with a term Abroad MA
Two year masters versions of the appropriate programmes listed above

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework – essay (4,000 words) - 75%
Coursework – portfolio (1000 words) - 25%

Reassessment methods

Reassessment instrument – 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Aas, K.F (2007) Globalisation and Crime London: Sage.
Gelsthorpe, L and Morris, A (1990) Feminist perspectives in criminology, Open University Press.
Evans, K and Jamieson, J (2008) Gender and crime: a reader Open University Press)
Jewkes, Y. (2004) Media and Crime. London: Sage
Smart, C (1976) Women, crime and criminology: A feminist critique London: Routledge
Sudbury, J (ed) (2005) Global Lockdown: Race, gender and the prison industrial complex London: Routledge
Walklate, S. (2000) Gendering Criminal and Criminal Justice, Devon: Willan Publishing.
Young, J (2007) Vertigo of Late Modernity, London: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Critically assess classical and contemporary feminist criminological perspectives in the UK and internationally.
8.2 Understand and assess theoretical issues about globalisation and crime, particularly from a gender perspective.
8.3 Examine gender differences in offending, victimisation, and treatment by the criminal justice system in the UK and make international
8.4 Explore the role of gender in transnational crime (examples will include trafficking in people and drugs and the role of women in organised
8.5 Discuss contemporary policy debates about gender, ethnicity, crime and the criminal justice system.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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