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Postgraduate Course: Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (LAWS11046)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to examine crime and criminal justice policy and practice in relation to gender. It takes the form of in-depth case studies into domestic violence and prostitution with a specific focus on two policy issues:
* To what extent does the current approach towards tackling domestic violence in Scotland adequately address the problem?
* Is legalization the answer to the problem of prostitution?
Each case study will last for four weeks and will be student-led. The initial meetings of each case study will be used to pose some general questions about the topics and to scope out their contours. The initial session will also identify a set of essential readings that provide a useful core literature that will provide some common ground for discussion as the case studies progress. These readings will provide students with an introduction to the topics and some of the main issues of importance within them. Students are then required to conduct their own research into more specific questions that arise in discussion and debate. Interim meetings throughout each case study will involve students reporting on progress so far, posing questions for future meetings, and identifying any problems with the research. By the fourth week of the case study students must provide a two-page written response (plus a bibliography) to the policy issue posed at the outset, and present that response to the class. These responses should reflect the direction of the student's own research as well as drawing from the essential readings. A concluding seminar in Week 10 will be used to draw out any common themes that have emerged and will also act as a forum in which to discuss essays and essay-writing skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students should be able to:
* understand and interpret contemporary crime patterns and trends as they relate to the case study topics; describe and summarise key theories which aim to explain the gendered nature of crime and assess their strengths and weaknesses;
* describe and assess criminal justice policy and practice as they relate to the case study topics and show a critical appreciation of the nature and functioning of criminal justice and penal institutions in dealing with victims and perpetrators;
* synthesise material from a variety of sources (for example research reports, statistical bulletins, academic articles and books) and use this material to shape their own research agenda.
* give oral presentations of their research (individually and in groups) to the class, field questions on these presentations, and pose constructive questions to other members of the class presenting their ideas.
Assessment Information
5000 word essay
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Course organiserDr Lynne Copson
Course secretaryMr Douglas Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2022
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