Gender, Crime and Justice is an online unit provided by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia. It draws on national and international contexts to explore how gender shapes differential patterns and experiences of criminal involvement, victimisation and criminal justice.
Despite the public’s obsession with crime, gender, the most powerful social factor, has been virtually ignored by criminologists. Women are one of the fastest growing groups being incarcerated and are more likely to be victims of certain crimes like domestic and sexual violence, while men have traditionally been more likely to perpetrate violent crime.
This unit will enable you to understand how femininity and masculinity intersect with crime, and will also explore how Indigeneity, social class and sexual orientation impact offending. You will also investigate the implications of these issues for criminal justice policy and analysis.
To be eligible for this unit, you must have successfully completed the following:
Police, Courts and Criminal Law
Law, Government and Policy
Areas of study
In the Gender, Crime and Justice unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction: gendered patterns of offending
'Girls won't be boys': theoretical explanations for women's offending
'Boys will be boys': theoretical explanations for men's offending
Gendered patterns of violent victimisation
Controlling women: theorising women and violent victimisation
'Boys Don't cry': theorising, men and violent victimisation
Is chivalry dead?: the gendered nature of sentencing
Keeping themselves safe?: The court, 'battered women' who kill and domestic violence protection orders
Masculinity and prison sub-culture
Topical issues 1: female sex offenders and lesbian domestic violence
Topical issues 2: male victims of sexual offending
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Gender, Crime and Justice is an essential unit for pursuing a career in criminology. The issue of gender warrants increasing attention in the field due to a rising awareness of the importance of men and women’s divergent experience of the crime and the criminal justice system. While an awareness of the role of gender will prove useful across a range of careers, for those pursing a career in policy it would prove particularly useful.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Gender, Crime and Justice from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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