GEND 2020OL - Gender and Crime

Online - Semester 2 - 2021

Why are mass shootings mostly conducted by young men? Why are victims of rape questioned about their clothing and behaviour, and why are conviction rates for sexual assault so low? Why do men commit more crime than women, and why is this gap shrinking? How is family violence gendered? Why are we fascinated by female serial killers or suicide bombers? Why are so many young Aboriginal men in prison and why is so little being done about this? Why is there so much debate about whether abortion or sex work should be criminalised? What forms of sexual relationships or behaviours have been defined as criminal? This course draws from concepts in gender studies & masculinities studies, feminist thought and queer theory, to undertake a critical, interdisciplinary approach to gender, sexuality and race in law, crime, and the criminal justice system. We begin by exploring the ways gender and crime are socially constructed, and move on to explore contemporary case studies and debates, looking at the varied ways in which our social expectations about gender and our social definitions of crime interact to create gendered versions of criminal activities, and gendered responses to those activities. Considering both social realities and cultural representations of crime (eg: TV shows), we will explore the relationships between different kinds of masculinities (as a tool for understanding men and criminal behaviour), femininities, and crime. This will include studying the ways in which racialised identities, sexualities, and social class intersect with gender to produce different forms of crime, often with differing outcomes and far-reaching impacts on people?s lives.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEND 2020OL
    Course Gender and Crime
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible GEND 2020, GEND 3020, GEND 3020OL
    Assessment Online quizzes 25%, Online Participation 10%, Case study/presentation 25%, Research essay 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Megan Warin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Recognise and analyse the influence of constructions of gender/sexuality on definitions/practices of crime, and vice versa.
    2. Recognise and analyse the intersectional aspects of gendered crime, as it interacts with identities and experiences of social class, sexualities and race/ethnicity.
    3. Comprehend and critically evaluate a contemporary issue, debate or cultural representation of crime.
    4. Work constructively with others to research, present and discuss a case study related to gender and crime.
    5. Write an independent argumentative essay, which responds to a set question and is supported by appropriate scholarly evidence, within identified timeframes.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A list of weekly set readings will be offered online via MyUni’s Course Readings system. Further readings and resources will be suggested on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    6 hours reading per week = 72 hours per semester
    3 hours research and assignment preparation per week = 36 hours per semester
    1 hour group assignment meeting/discussion per week = 12 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Weekly Online quizzes (1100 words equivalent) Summative 25% 1, 2, 3
    Online Presentation (700 words equiv) Formative and summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
    2000-2500 word Research Essay Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 5
    Online discussion participation Formative and summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Tutorial participation is compulsory – students may miss two tutorials during semester, but any further absence will result in a fail grade for participation. Students with an Access Plan exempting them from attendance requirements will be required to demonstrate their ongoing engagement with tutorial materials via a negotiated alternative.
    Students are required to work actively and professionally in their team for the presentation assignment, and will be asked to document this through self and peer evaluation.
    Assignment extension procedure and late penalties will be in line with Faculty of Arts policy and must be sought before the due date. Assignments submitted more than one week late without an extension will not be marked.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Description % weighting
    Online quizzes (weekly) After completing the weekly readings, lecture and online module, students’ comprehension will be tested with a short quiz. 25%
    Online Presentation 15 minute group presentation on a nominated topic in the course 25%
    Research essay 2000-2500 word essay on a set topic requiring independent research 40%
    Online discussion participation Students will be assessed on their level and quality of contribution to class discussion 10%

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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