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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 will engage in a critical exploration of theoretical and policy debates in criminology and in the criminal justice system, with an explicit focus on issues of gender and gendered violence. We will explore critical criminological approaches and feminist perspectives, using these to study a range of issues: sex work, trafficking, prisons, restorative justice and online harassment.

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) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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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 women and prisons. The third module examines alternative understandings of justice.
Teaching Arrangements

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


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper should

  • 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 9-13, 15-22
Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 15-21
T2 Friday 13:00-13:50 10-12, 15-21
T3 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-12, 15-21