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Undergraduate Course: Gender and Justice (LAWS10059)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to examine gender issues as they relate to law and legal process. Students are introduced to contemporary theories of masculinity and femininity and encouraged to think critically about the relevance of debates in this field to understanding the nature and function of law and legal systems. Four themes will be covered, not more than two of which will be offered in any given year (to be announced in advance): legal theory; civil justice; criminological theory; and criminal justice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  60
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminarStream 2 (students are assigned a stream in advance and attend only one)1-27 09:00 - 10:50
CentralSeminarStream 1 (students are assigned a stream in advance and only attend one)1-27 14:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Monday, 14:00 - 15:50, Zone: Central. Lorimer Room, Old College for both streams. First class for Stream 2 is Wed 9-11am
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
There are two pathways through the course depending on which mode of assessment is chosen by students (see section on assessment below for further details): (i) the $ýessay route&©; or (ii) the $ýresearch project route&©.

By the end of the course all students should be able to:
&∑ understand and interpret contemporary crime patterns and trends as they relate to gender; describe and summarise key theories which aim to explain the gendered nature of crime and assess their strengths and weaknesses;
&∑ demonstrate a critical awareness of the ways in which the legal regulation of sexuality has changed over time;
&∑ describe and assess criminal justice policy and practice as they relate to gender and show a critical appreciation of the nature and functioning of criminal justice and penal institutions in dealing with women and men who offend.
In addition:
&∑ Students undertaking the $ýessay route&© should be able to synthesise material from a variety of sources (for example research reports, statistical bulletins, academic articles and books); and have a critical awareness of the data and methods used in criminological research.

&∑ Students undertaking the $ýresearch project route&© should have a critical awareness of the data and methods used in criminological research and how to use them in specific research. They should also have a critical awareness of the ethical issues which arise in conducting criminological research.

Assessment Information
Essay research project and exam
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Lynne Copson
Tel:
Email: lcopson@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Heather Haig
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
Email: Heather.Haig@ed.ac.uk
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