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GEND310 Gender, Crime and Justice

Feminist criminological approaches, contemporary debates around gender and justice, and critical examination of traditional and alternative responses.

This paper explores victimisation, criminalisation, the operation of criminal processing systems and alternative possibilities from feminist criminological perspectives. This paper begins by exploring the development of feminist and intersectional criminological research. The second section will explore key contemporary debates in feminist criminology. The final section takes an intersectional approach and explores disability, queer criminology, Indigenous perspectives, migration and service-user perspectives.

This paper can be taken at both 200- and 300-levels. All students attend the same lecture. The 300-level students have their own tutorial stream and set of assessment tasks.

Paper title Gender, Crime and Justice
Paper code GEND310
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 200-level GEND or SOCI points or 108 points
GEND 210
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour

Paper Structure

This paper is in three parts. The first explores the development of feminist and intersectional criminological research. The second explores key debates in feminist criminology. The third module examines differential experiences of crime and criminalisation.

Teaching Arrangements

Two 50-minute lectures per week, plus a weekly tutorial.


Gibbs, Anita and Gilmour, Fairleigh Evelyn (2022). Women, Crime and Justice in Context: Contemporary Perspectives in Feminist Criminology from Australia and New Zealand. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Have developed a broad knowledge of the relationships between gender, justice and intersectionality
  • Be able to think critically about gender, crime and the criminal justice system
  • Have developed skills for clear and effective intellectual argumentation

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Friday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 16-21
T2 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 16-21
T3 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 16, 18-21