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Undergraduate Course: Gender and Justice (LAWS10059)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  38
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay research project and exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
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 'essay route'; or (ii) the 'research 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 'essay 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 'research 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.

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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGender Justice
Course organiserDr Gemma Flynn
Tel: (0131 6)50 9510
Course secretaryMs Alex Vasepuru
Tel: (0131 6)51 4550
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