CR5003 - Gender, Crime and Victimisation

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What will I learn on this module?

In societies across the globe crime and victimisation is unevenly spread with distinct patterns to offending for different crime types being evidenced in results from various types of crimes surveys and other types of research data. Men and women perpetrate crime and experience criminal victimisation in distinctive ways. This module examines how crime and the process of criminalisation and social controls are gendered and how gender impacts upon and influences the experiences and recovery from crime and victimisation in society. You will be exploring how gender:

• mediates the patterns to, as well as our concerns and fears about, crime and victimisation - especially sexual violence and substance use;
• shapes how crime is reported and made visible in different public, private and institutional locations and settings;
• has impacted upon how criminologists explain why crime happens and how it should be dealt with;
• contributes to how victims and witnesses experience the criminal justice system;

In viewing the crime and victimisation problem through a gendered lens, you will learn how specific conceptualisations of masculinity and femininity are played out in news media reporting of crime and victimisation and in the criminal justice system. In examining all of the above you will also be considering whether and when gender matters most in understanding crime and the experience and recovery from victimisation.

How will I learn on this module?

The module aims to further develop your skills in areas such as group discussion and debate as well as independent learning. Weekly lectures will frame the discussion of each area of the syllabus. Teaching will employ the use of a set of key gender, crime and victimisation questions which will be worked through and revisited throughout the lecture and seminar workshop programme. The learning experience on this module will draw upon a glossary of key concepts that you will test the utility of and grapple with. Selective key stages and agencies of the criminal justice process – police, Crown Prosecution Service, courts, prisons – will form the context for us to explore how victims, witnesses and offenders experience this process and to expand your theoretical knowledge and your ability to engage in debates concerning policy development and practice. Lectures will introduce theory, research policy and practice connectives and will stimulate and provoke your thinking. Seminars will follow a more student-led, workshop format. For each seminar workshop you are likely to engage in work as part of a discussion group to unpack, debate, research and analyse a set of provocative questions via a case study or alternative exercise. You will also have space to develop your own thinking and position as a scholar of gender, crime and victimisation. The seminar workshops are tailored to the learning preferences of the students on the module each year and these are determined in consultation with you and your cohort in the first weeks. The learning and teaching on this module allows us to oscillate between theory and practice. Formative assessment is built into the seminar workshop and lecture programme. Further development of your confidence in synthesising, explaining and discussing information from a range of sources is also a key aim of the approach taken in this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Developing your ability to reflect informatively, and think critically about some of the challenges posed by the prospect of achieving gendered justice is central to this module. The module encourages you to make appropriate connections between theory, research, policy and practice from a gendered perspective and in the context of doing justice via the criminal justice system. As part of your intellectual development, you will receive support from your peers in the classroom and from the module tutor/s throughout the module. Support outside the classroom includes additional academic support via 1-1 tutorial support opportunities that we encourage you to take up with the module tutor/s.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding
1. Within the context of crime and victimisation in society, to critically analyse, and engage students in considering justice from a gendered perspective.

2. Through the use of key theoretical perspectives and concepts and analysis of research and policy/practice in the key stages of the criminal justice process, to analyse the ways in which justice can be done through gender difference.

Intellectual / Professional skills and abilities
1. To discuss with others and evaluate, challenge and debate authoritatively gender relevant approaches to understanding and responding to crime and victimisation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)
1. To have knowledge and confidence in your own thinking and reflective analytical assessment of justice and fairness issues and criminal justice policies, whilst being open to challenge, discussion and debate.

How will I be assessed?

The seminar programme will support the formative assessment for this module, allowing for the theoretically informed and authoritative discussion and evaluation of relevant research and evidence (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4). There are two parts to the formal assessment on this module.
(i) You will choose illustrate two key gender specific concepts from a provided glossary. You will explain and exemplify these two concepts in your own words whilst drawing on the scholarly and policy related literature (700 words). (MLO 1, 2).
(ii) An essay which will assess learning outcomes 1 and 4 (2,500 words). (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4).





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UCAS Code LM39

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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