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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to examine crime and criminal justice policy and practice in relation to gender.
Course description The course will be organised around two case study topics. Each topic will be explored in detail over four weeks. Preliminary and core readings will be identified and will provide a starting point for class discussions. Students will also be given the opportunity to identify and focus attention upon specific themes and issues of particular interest to them. They will then conduct their own independent research (individually and in groups) into these themes in order to build up and develop the case studies. Previous case study topics have included domestic violence and prostitution.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary crime patterns and trends, as well as key theoretical and policy debates as they may releate to contemporary case studies of gender crime
  2. undertake a review of the case study topics informed by contemporary research within the subject rea and through doing so, critically assess key theories which aim to explain the gendered nature of crime
  3. Independently identify and synthesise material from a variety of sources in a critical and reflective manner
  4. Students will be able to give oral presentations and written summaries of their own research to the class, field questions on these presentations and pose constructive questions on the presentations of others
  5. Take responsibility for shaping their own research agenda and undertaking independent research into a case study topic with support and guidance from peers and academic staff
Reading List
Walklate, S. (2004) ┬┐Introduction┬┐ in Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (Second edition), Cullompton: Willan

Newburn, T. and Stanko, E. (eds) (1995) Just Boys Doing Business?: Men, Masculinities and Crime, London; New York: Routledge.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course provides the opportunity for students to develop skills in a number of areas:

1. Synthesis, evaluation and critical analysis of different forms of argument and evidence

2. Ability to identify, conceptualise and define new research questions as they undertake a case study analysis

3. Communication skills, including written and oral presentation skills

4. Capacity to work both independently and with peers to further knowledge and understanding of a topic

5. Substantial autonomy through the design of individual essay questions and shaping of research agenda and approach to developing case studies

KeywordsGender,Justice,Crime,Criminology,Case study,Sexuality,Femininity,Masculinity,Social Science
Course organiserMs Sarah MacQueen
Tel: (0131 6)50 2136
Course secretaryMrs Maree Hardie
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